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Borne government: games of musical chairs and a few surprises – France


The head of state whistled Thursday evening the end of the consultations in all directions within the majority, which had dragged on since the appointment, Monday, of Elisabeth Borne to Matignon. “Emmanuel Macron has decided between the requests for maintenance and the complaints of the heads of the current, confides a relative. It was time to stop the search for consensus and to put a government in working order. “The arbitrations were made overnight, even if “necessary adjustments” were added until the last minute, so as not to offend the different teams. Result: the team, which was to be reduced to about fifteen ministers, has increased to twenty-seven.

A hard core on the right

If Elisabeth Borne is classified on the left, her government reveals the constitution of a hard core on the right. It was first Bruno Le Maire and Gérald Darmanin who obtained confirmation respectively at Bercy and Place Beauvau. It is also their accomplice Sébastien Lecornu who benefits from the best promotion by passing from Overseas, where he did not shine, to the Ministry of the Armed Forces. The president of the departmental council of Eure is rewarded for his success in bringing elected LR to the majority. They are joined by the last take on the right, Damien Abad. The day after his resignation from the presidency of the LR group in the National Assembly, the latter took the head of a large ministry devoted to Solidarity, Autonomy and People with Disabilities. We also note the arrival of the mayor of Angers, Christophe Béchu, a close friend of Édouard Philippe, in the morocco of local authorities.

The left is not badly off with the promotions of Olivier Dussopt at Work, Agnès Pannier-Runacher at Energy Transition, Brigitte Bourguignon at Health and Gabriel Attal at Budget. But Olivier Véran is demoted to Relations with Parliament, and Jean-Yves Le Drian leaves the place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a diplomacy technician, Catherine Colonna, former spokesperson for Jacques Chirac at the Élysée, who was French Ambassador in London.

Pap Ndiaye: a political choice

A more political choice was made, on the other hand, on National Education, with the arrival of Pap Ndiaye, a history teacher, normalien, known for his strong positions in favor of anti-racism. “A snub to Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour! “, Rejoices a macronist. The post had been offered to a relative of Emmanuel Macron, the former Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie. “After five years in government, he preferred to devote himself to his wife and four children,” says the Elysée.

Two new ministers make a remarkable appearance: Rima Abdul-Malak, Emmanuel Macron’s cultural adviser, arrives rue de Valois, and the leader of the French Tennis Federation, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, obtains a Ministry of Sports detached from the National Education. She is, in the city, the wife of the boss of Societe Generale, Frédéric Oudéa, just like Charlotte Caubel, new secretary of state in charge of children, is the wife of the boss of Carrefour, Alexandre Bompard.

New positions to be awarded after the legislative elections?

Stanislas Guérini, general delegate of LREM, enters the government in the portfolio of Public Transformation, despite a recent gap in the defense of Jérôme Peyrat, convicted of domestic violence. The Ministry of the Sea is reduced to a State Secretariat but placed under the Prime Minister. It is attributed to Justine Benin, LREM deputy from Guadeloupe, author of a remarkable report on chlordecone in the West Indies. “There is a risk that she will not be re-elected to the legislative elections because Jean-Luc Mélenchon came out ahead in the presidential election in her constituency”, points out a majority strategist. For the unsuccessful candidates, a repechage is also possible after the legislative elections: the ministers who have not been re-elected should leave their seats and new posts of secretaries of state will also be awarded.

The Council of Ministers will meet on Monday, a date which also corresponds to the start of the “ministerial reserve period” before the legislative elections. “The new ministers will not be able to use the means of the government outside their perimeter, specifies a government strategist. This will save us from hiccups from newcomers. “A way also to let Emmanuel Macron lead the campaign alone. Trips are already planned.



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