French junior minister for European Affairs Thierry Repentin: in just three weeks he has mastered the intricacies of negotiations with the European Parliament and Commission. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Thierry Repentin has been on a fast learning curve since he was appointed junior minister for European affairs on March 20th. In three weeks, R(...)

Former French  junior minister for budget Jérôme Cahuzac (centre), flanked by successor Bernard Cazeneuve (right) and finance minister Pierre Moscovici, at the finance ministry in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The French junior minister for the budget, Jérôme Cahuzac, who was responsible for pursuing tax cheats, has been sacked by President François H(...)