Macron appoints socialist and Labor chief, Lisabeth Bourne, as prime minister


He replaces conservative Jean Castex, who, as expected, formalized his resignation on Monday.

Elizabeth Bourne, the new Prime Minister.
Elizabeth Bourne, the new Prime Minister.AP
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President of France, Emmanuel Macronappointed Labor chief as new prime minister this Monday lisabeth bourneShe comes from a socialist class and is the second woman to occupy the second most important position in France.

Bourne—who also headed the ecology and transport ministries during Macron’s first term (2017-2022)—replaces the conservative Jean Castex, As expected, this Monday formalized his resignation as prime minister of France after nearly two years in office.

Macron, who last April defeated the far-right, renewed his position Marine Le Pen With a narrow margin compared to 2017, he chose 61-year-old Bourne to provide the head of government More social and ecological profile.

After the fleeting passing of Edith Cresson, Bourne would be the second prime minister in the history of France, having been in Matignan for only eleven months (from May 1991 to April 1992) during the second term of socialist François Mitterrand. The transfer of powers between Castex and Bourne will happen almost instantly.

Macron thanked Castex in a message for his work over the past 22 months: “He has served with passion and commitment in the service of France. Let us be proud of the work done and the results achieved together.”

The French president judged Bourne to the detriment of other potential candidates, such as Catherine Voutrin, former secretary of state under Nicolas Sarkozy and who had lost steam due to positions he saw as too conservative.

Days after winning the election, Macron publicly stated that his new prime minister should be committed to “social, environmental and productive issues”.

Thus, Bourne, with a more technical than political profile, grew in the pool for her recent experience in government—in addition to being Minister of Labor and Ecology, she was Minister of Transport—as well as for her work. The socialist five-year period of François Hollande (2012–2017).

At that time, he was appointed prefect (government representative) of the departments of Vienne and Poitou-Charentes. In 2014, she was the then Minister of Ecology, Chief of Staff of the 2007 presidential candidate Sgolne Royal.

Macron has appointed Mattigan’s new tenant, relying on the electoral victory of his new coalition “Ensemblée” (“Together”) in the legislative elections in mid-June.

However, the head of government depends on the confidence of the parliament, so in the event of the possibility that the “Ensemble” does not win in June, Your position will be in danger.

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