Skip to content
Appointed Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne intends to “act faster and stronger” on the climate – France

After three weeks of waiting, Jean Castex’s successor finally has a name. Rather, the successor, because it is a woman: Elisabeth Borne. The 61-year-old Minister of Labor was appointed Prime Minister on Monday, replacing Jean Castex who submitted his resignation. She is the second Prime Minister in the history of the Fifth Republic. She has been tasked with appointing a new government, which should be announced in the next few hours…or days.

On the steps of Matignon, during the transfer of power with Jean Castex, the new appointee declined her priorities. Faced with “the climatic and ecological challenge on which we must act faster and stronger, I am convinced that we will be able to do so by involving even more the living forces of our territory, because it is very close to the French people that we will find the right answers,” she said.

Dedicated her nomination “to all the little girls”

She then paid tribute to her only predecessor in this position, Edith Cresson, and dedicated her appointment “to all the little girls”, whom she invited to “go after (their) dreams”. A few minutes earlier, Mrs. Cresson, first and until then only woman to occupy Matignon in 1991, had rejoiced at a “very good choice” of Prime Minister, “because she is a remarkable person, not because it’s a woman “.

During her first speech as head of government, Ms. Borne, who came from the left, also took the time to pay tribute to her predecessor, a former member of LR: “You knew how to conquer the heart of the French by relentlessly criss-crossing our country by going to meet them”, she launched to him, observing sharing “many things in common”, “even if we come from different political families”.

“Protect, appease, explain, gather, federate”

After having exchanged in his now ex-office with his successor, Jean Castex spoke first on the steps of the Matignon hotel, which he had been a tenant for almost two years, moved as rarely. “I will take a step aside, leaving national political life in which I finally entered only a little by breaking and entering in July 2020”, he indicated to the loud applause of the staff. of Matignon gathered in the courtyard.

“I tried (…) to lead the boat in completely exceptional circumstances (of health crisis) with a single objective: to protect, to appease, to explain, to gather, to federate”, he argued.

“Ecology, health, education, full employment, democratic renaissance”

Jean Castex had presented Monday around 4 p.m. his resignation to Emmanuel Macron, who had accepted it in stride. The two men exchanged for about an hour before a tweet from the Head of State thanking him for having “acted with passion and commitment in the service of France”, calling to be “proud of the work accomplished and the results obtained together”. .

In another message posted on Twitter, the head of state listed the priorities he expected from the new head of government: “ecology, health, education, full employment, democratic renaissance, Europe and security”.

“Social Justice and Equal Opportunity”

In this context, the choice of Borne is strategic. Because the former chief of staff of Ségolène Royal has the merit of belonging to the left wing of the macronie, an asset at a time when new social reforms are announced, starting with “the mother of battles” on retirees. She is also a tenacious technician, considered loyal, who is perceived by the majority as having proven herself in government throughout the last five years.

Placing “social justice and equal opportunity” at the heart of his fights, the hypothesis of his appointment was however viewed with circumspection by certain lieutenants of Emmanuel Macron, judging the profile of this engineer who became prefect “not political enough”. , when she will face universal suffrage for the first time during the June legislative elections in Calvados.

letelegramme Fr Trans

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.