After the resignation of Jean Castex, Emmanuel Macron appointed the current Minister of Labor as Prime Minister of France

Elisabeth Borne (Ludovic Marin/ Pool via REUTERS) (POOL/)

The French president, the centrist Emmanuel Macron, appointed this Monday as prime minister the current head of Labor, Elizabeth Bornethe second woman to hold office, less than a month before the legislative elections.

“The President of the Republic appointed Elisabeth Borne Prime Minister and commissioned her to form a government,” announced the French presidency in a concise official note, after the expected resignation shortly before of his predecessor Jean Castex.

Terminal She is the second woman to serve as prime minister, after the socialist Édith Cresson (1991-1992), who in an interview on Sunday in Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) I wish you “a lot of encouragement” with a “macho” political class.

This exalted official, 61 years old, will have ahead apply Macron’s program, re-elected in April for five years, as long as the ruling party and its allies achieve a majority in the next legislative elections.

To advance his reforms, the president must achieve a majority of deputies in the June electionsin which he will face an alliance of leftist parties, headed by the radical wing, and a strong extreme right.

Although the polls predict a new majority for the ruling party, the election of Borne is not trivial. This It represents a wink to socialist voters unhappy with the alliance led by leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

In addition to being a woman, an option that 74% of French people support, according to a recent Ifop survey, This former chief of staff of the socialist Ségolène Royal also belongs to the center-left wing of the ruling party.

This was the transfer of power between Castex and Borne (REUTERS / Christian Hartmann)
This was the transfer of power between Castex and Borne (REUTERS / Christian Hartmann) (CHRISTIAN HARTMANN /)

“social mistreatment”

His career in the French government, where he held the portfolios of Transport, Ecological Transition and Labor, meets the only criteria advanced by Macron: a “social”, “ecological” and “productive” profile.

The third prime minister of the centrist, after Castex and Edouard Philippe, He also knows first-hand the main reform that the president hopes to carry out: the unpopular delay in the minimum retirement age from 62 to 65 years.

“Let’s go for a new season of social abuse!”Mélenchon tweeted, after recalling measures adopted by Borne such as reducing benefits for a million unemployed or postponing the end of nuclear energy for 10 years.

Nevertheless, it is expected that among the first measures of the new government will be an aid package to face the consequencesespecially in energy and food prices, of the war in Ukraine.

With the election of Élisabeth Borne, Macron turns the page of a first term marked by social protests such as the “yellow vests” and by the coronavirus pandemic, which Jean Castex had to manage.

“For almost two years, [el gobierno de Castex] has acted with passion and commitment in the service of France. Let us be proud of the work done,” Macron tweeted, alongside an image of his and his former prime minister.

The transfer of powers between Castex and Borne took place this Monday. The first Council of Ministers could be held next Wednesday.

(With information from AFP)

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