French President Emmanuel Macron has insisted on keeping loyalists in key positions in the new government as he tries to press ahead with unfinished reforms after winning a second five-year term.
In a team that has largely drawn on members of his inner circle and members of his former cabinet, Macron has opted to keep his economy ministers and interior ministers in place.
However, Macron, who was promoted this week, Elizabeth Byrne Prime Minister Catherine Colonna, ambassador to the UK, former ambassador to Italy and foreign minister as Europe responded to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Macron, a self-styled centrist, has chosen Pap Ndiaye, a left-leaning historian who specializes in ethnic minorities, to lead the education ministry. He also won a prominent leader of the rival Republican Party after a poor performance in the presidential election. Damien Abad, the former head of the LR parliamentary group, will deal with the elderly and disabled.
Macron’s expected announcement by the government team comes ahead of next month’s parliamentary elections, when his ability to push through reforms such as pension reform will depend on whether his party retains a majority in the National Assembly.
Bruno Le Maire will remain finance minister, dealing with the economic fallout from the war in Ukraine and managing France’s high debt when interest rates start to rise. Macron also made Gerald Dalmanin interior minister.
All five appointees — 13 women and 14 men — kept their jobs in a 27-member government. Another 12 have been close to Macron or have had different jobs with him before.
“Macron said during the campaign that he didn’t want a second term to be a simple continuation of the first, but that’s not the signal sent so far,” said Bruno Courtares, a political scientist at the School of Political Science. “The challenge for him is how to do something new with someone who’s been around for a while.”
Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate defeated by Macron in April’s presidential election, criticized the continuity of many portfolios. She also took to Twitter to criticize N’Diaye’s appointment, calling it “the last stone in the deconstruction of our country and its values.”
Macron is expected to make further gestures toward leftist parties seeking gains in June’s elections after picking Borne, a Macron supporter who has served as an adviser to socialist politicians, as prime minister.
Macron is expected to focus more on the environment in his second term, after seeking courtship Young left-wing voters build on that. Amélie de Montchalin, who has held positions in Europe and the public service, was appointed Minister of Ecological Transition, while Agnès Pannier-Runacher, former Junior Minister of Industry, will lead the Energy Transition.
Greens politician Julien Bayou said Moncharin was not known for her environmental credentials, while France’s Greenpeace said Macron had failed to attract a credible environmentalist to join him. government.