A plenary parliament session voted down President Eduard Shevardnadze's blueprints for a government reform to merge the Economy and Construction Ministries and the Ministry for State Property Management into one, and the Finance Ministry with the Ministry of Fiscal Returns, while the Environment Protection Ministry was to incorporate the State Forestry Department. The MPs do not think it worthwhile. Zurab Adeishvili, parliamentary juridical committee leader, proposed to establish an ad hoc state commission which will elaborate reform patterns for the national executive. On Wednesday, parliament will vote ministerial nominations for a new Georgian government.
An unidentified man wielding a knife attacked civilians in the Church of Notre Dame in the French city of Nice. Three people were killed, several others were hospitalised with injuries.One of the victims was beheaded