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Franco Frattini

Franco Frattini (born March 14 1957 in Rome) is the Italian member of the European Commission.

Previously he had been a member of the government of Silvio Berlusconi since 2001, and foreign minister of Italy since November 14, 2002.

On November 4, 2004 he was nominated to take up the Justice portfolio in the Commission, in place of the controversial Rocco Buttiglione and his resignation from the Italian Government took effect on November 18. Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini succeeded him as Foreign Minister.

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