continuity with some surprises – EURACTIV.com

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed his new authorities on Friday (20 Could), following the appointment of Elisabeth Borne as Prime Minister on Monday. His personnel decisions signalled continuity with earlier governments.

The brand new authorities, which incorporates a number of new faces and a few outgoing ministers higher identified to the French, will meet on Monday morning within the Council of Ministers. Counting the Prime Minister, the federal government is gender-equal, composed of 14 males and 14 girls.

Proper-wing ‘régalien’ ministries

Attention-grabbing to notice, nonetheless, is how the ‘régalien‘ ministers – these accountable for the primary governmental ministries – are on the appropriate facet of the political spectrum, with the exception of the Ministry of Justice.

Some necessary ministers of the outgoing authorities have been reappointed. Bruno Le Maire will stay at Bercy, managing the ministry of “Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty”.

Gérald Darmanin was confirmed to go up the Ministry of the Inside and the outgoing Minister of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, a former lawyer, was additionally reappointed.

A brand new face was put in on the Quai d’Orsay with the appointment of Catherine Colonna, who will take over the Ministry of Europe and Overseas Affairs. She had already been Minister Delegate for European Affairs between 2005 and 2007 when Jacques Chirac was the President, earlier than being appointed French Ambassador to Rome after which to London.

Colonna will probably be assisted by Clément Beaune, who will turn out to be Minister for Europe – a sort-of promotion on condition that he was beforehand ‘only’ Secretary of State – and by Chrysoula Zacharopoulou.

The latter is an MEP, elected on the Renaissance lists in 2019, now appointed Secretary of State for Improvement, Francophony and Worldwide Partnerships.

As for Overseas Commerce, the outgoing minister Franck Riester has been confirmed.

Sébastien Lecornu was additionally “promoted” as he strikes from Abroad Territories to the Ministry of the Armed Forces, thus succeeding Florence Parly at solely 35 years outdated.

Outgoing ministers promoted

Agnès Pannier-Runacher and Amélie de Montchalin are altering portfolios, turning into – respectively – the Ministers for Power and Ecological Transition. The 2 girls have a slightly comparable profile: they got here from the non-public sector and are thought-about to be technocrats.

Gabriel Attal, who was beforehand a authorities spokesman, will probably be accountable for the price range at solely 33 years outdated. Coming from the left, he is likely one of the heavyweights of the Macronists.

The Minister of Autonomy Brigitte Bourguignon has additionally been promoted and will probably be taking up the Ministry of Well being and Prevention.

Former Socialist Olivier Dussopt, outgoing Finances Minister, was appointed to the Ministry of Labour, Full Employment and Integration, succeeding Elisabeth Borne, who turned Prime Minister.

Marc Fesneau will transfer from Relations with Parliament to the Ministry of Agriculture and Meals Sovereignty. It’s value noting that the phrase ‘sovereignty’ seems twice within the titles of the assorted ministries.

Rehoused ministers

Olivier Véran, who has been Minister of Well being and managed the COVID disaster since March 2020, will turn out to be Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in addition to be chargeable for Relations with Parliament and Democratic Life.

He may thus be accountable for organising the “transpartisan convention” that Emmanuel Macron promised through the election marketing campaign to plan the institutional reforms to be applied.

The Secretary of State for the Social Financial system, Olivia Grégoire, has been appointed authorities spokesperson.

The brand new faces

On the Ministry of Tradition, Rima Abdul-Malak has been appointed. She was accountable for tradition within the Paris Metropolis Corridor between 2008 and 2012 when the socialist Bertrand Delanoë was mayor of the French capital. Till right now, she was Emmanuel Macron’s cultural advisor on the Élysée Palace.

Damien Abad, president of the right-wing occasion Les Républicains group within the Nationwide Meeting, has been appointed Minister for Solidarity, Autonomy and the Disabled.

Christophe Béchu, the right-wing mayor of Angers, was appointed Minister Delegate accountable for Territorial Communities.

Just a few MPs are becoming a member of the federal government, with Justine Benin being appointed Secretary of State for the Sea, Yaël Braun-Pivet to the Ministry of Abroad Territories and Stanislas Guerini, Director Basic of La République en Marche, being appointed Minister for the Civil Service.

And at last, a little bit of civil society

A number of personalities from civil society have been appointed, as Emmanuel Macron had already executed in earlier governments that supported him.

Sylvie Retailleau, an instructional, physicist and president of the College of Paris-Saclay has been appointed Minister for Analysis, Increased Schooling and Innovation.

Justice of the Peace Isabelle Rome turns into Minister Delegate for Equality between Ladies and Males, Range and Equal Alternatives.

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the present director basic of the French Tennis Federation, would be the minister chargeable for sport and the Olympic Video games, which will probably be held in Paris in 2024.

The Justice of the Peace and director of the Judiciary Safety of the Youth, Charlotte Caubel, is appointed Secretary of State for Youngsters.

One of many greatest surprises of this authorities is the appointment of Pap Ndiaye to the Ministry of Schooling and Youth, director of the Museum of the Historical past of Immigration and historian specialising in left-wing minorities. He represents the “republican meritocracy,” in line with the Elysée.

[Edited by Nathalie Weatherald]

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