Hol-la-lande! French cabinet shows who wears the pants (PHOTOS)

France's President Francois Hollande (L) and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrive for the traditional family photo of the newly formed government outside the Elysee Palace in Paris May 17, 2012 (Reuters / Pascal Rossignol)
Stylish Mesdames and Mademoiselles filled the presidential Elysee Palace just days after the former first lady bade au revoir to her glittering years in the residence. The newly sworn-in president got together with his glamorous cabinet.

­For the first time in French history half of all the ministry jobs – 17 out of 34 – went to women, pursuant to Hollande’s campaign promise to respect gender-parity in his government.

And though it was his predecessor Nicholas Sarkozy, who reportedly preferred favoring slim and fit people, the new government is also comprised of glamorous political beauties.

Aurelie Filippetti (2ndR), France′s newly appointed Culture Minister arrives with Genevieve Fiorasco (L), Minister of Higher Education and Research, Nicole Bricq (3rdL), Minister of Ecology, Development and Energy, Michele Delaunay (3rdR), Junior Minister for the Elderly and Valerie Fourneyron (R), Minister of Sport, Youth and Associations (Reuters / Jacky Naegelen)
Aurelie Filippetti (2ndR), France's newly appointed Culture Minister arrives with Genevieve Fiorasco (L), Minister of Higher Education and Research, Nicole Bricq (3rdL), Minister of Ecology, Development and Energy, Michele Delaunay (3rdR), Junior Minister for the Elderly and Valerie Fourneyron (R), Minister of Sport, Youth and Associations (Reuters / Jacky Naegelen)

­Seven appointments went to people under 40. Among them, Green Party leader Cécile Duflot, 37, was named Housing Minister and Aurelie Filipetti, 38, newly-appointed Culture Minister.

Aurelie Filippetti, France′s newly appointed Culture Minister (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)
Aurelie Filippetti, France's newly appointed Culture Minister (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)

­Two newcomers are just 34 years old: Najat Vallaud-Belkacem will be in charge of the newly-created Women’s Rights Ministry, and Sylvia Pinel, now a junior minister in charge of Handicrafts, Tourism and Trade.

Yamina Benguigu, France′s newly appointed Junior minister in charge of Expatriates and Francophone issues (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)
Yamina Benguigu, France's newly appointed Junior minister in charge of Expatriates and Francophone issues (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)

­Film director Yamina Benguigui was named junior minister for Francophony and French Living Abroad.

The presence of minorities, a trend that began under former conservative PM François Fillon, is said to remain the feature of the new government as well.

Delphine Batho France′s Junior Minister of Justice (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)
Delphine Batho France's Junior Minister of Justice (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)

­The cabinet includes seven people from French ethnic minorities, mostly of Caribbean and North African origins.

It also counts Fleur Pellerin, a 38-year-old newcomer who was born in Korea and adopted by a French family when she was six months old.

Fleur Pellerin, France′s newly appointed Junior Minister of Small Business, Innovation, and Digital Economy (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)
Fleur Pellerin, France's newly appointed Junior Minister of Small Business, Innovation, and Digital Economy (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes)

­And of course, the newly-elected president’s companion Valerie Trierweiler also adds sparkle to French politics. Despite her new role as First Lady, the Paris Match political journalist has vowed to keep working for the weekly magazine.

Valerie Trierweiler (Reuters / Benoit Tessier)
Valerie Trierweiler (Reuters / Benoit Tessier)