Elisabeth Borne named new French prime minister

PARIS (AP) — Elizabeth Born was named France’s new prime minister on Monday, becoming the country’s second woman to hold the position.

Borne, 61, succeeds Jean Castex, who is expected to step down after President Emmanuel Macron’s re-election last month.

Macron and Bohn are expected to appoint the entire government in the coming days.

Borne is the second woman to hold the post after socialist president Francois Mitterrand’s 1991-1992 Prime Minister Edith Cresson.

Since 2020, she has served as Labour Minister in Macron’s previous government. Before that, she was Minister of Transport and then Minister of Ecological Transition under Macron.

This is a major news update. An early AP story follows.

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex resigned Monday in an expected move following the re-election of centrist President Emmanuel Macron last month. Macron will soon appoint a replacement.

The Elysee Palace said in a statement that Castex came to the Elysee Presidential Palace on Monday to formally offer to resign, which the president “accepted.”

Macron is expected to appoint a new prime minister soon. French media said Labor Minister Elisabeth Born was the favorite for the job. In France, it is common for a president to have more than one prime minister during his term.

Macron and his new prime minister will then hold talks to appoint a new French government in the coming days.

The new prime minister’s priority will be to ensure Macron’s centrist party and its allies do well in June’s French parliamentary elections. Two rounds of voting are scheduled to decide which group holds the majority in the National Assembly, which has the final say over the Senate during France’s legislative process.

Macron also pledged to introduce a bill to address the rising cost of living in France as food and energy prices soar. It will be prepared by his new government and is expected to be presented after parliamentary elections.

If Macron’s party wins a majority in parliament, the prime minister will need to ensure that pension reforms promised by the president are enacted, including raising the minimum retirement age from 62 to 65. The proposed reforms have been criticized by workers, unions and left-wing voters.

Macron also promised that the new prime minister would be directly responsible for “green planning”, seeking to speed up the implementation of climate-related policies in France. Macron has vowed to curb greenhouse gas emissions “twice as fast” in his second term.

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