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Elisabeth Borne: France appoints its first woman Prime Minister in 30 years

Borne will replace Jean Castex in this role, the Elysee Palace announced in a statement on Monday, becoming the second woman to hold the post of Prime Minister since the end of the Second World War. The country’s first was Edith Cresson, who served between May 1991 and April 1992 under Socialist President François Mitterrand.

Borne was previously Minister of the Environment, Transport and Labour.

She will lead a French government likely to be tasked with delivering on President Macron’s election campaign priorities: pension reform and stepping up policies to tackle climate change.

His appointment follows the re-election of President Emmanuel Macron on April 24.

Borne was “in charge of forming a government”, according to the Elysée.

She dedicated her appointment to “every little girl”, at a ceremony on Monday marking the handover.

Elisabeth Borne: France appoints its first woman Prime Minister in 30 years

“Follow your dreams to the end,” Borne said in a speech. “Nothing should hinder the fight for the place of women in society.”

Earlier Monday, the Elysée announced that Castex had tendered his resignation.

A former mayor of his small hometown of Prades in southwestern France, Castex was a little-known figure when he became prime minister in July 2020. He went on to lead France’s response to the Covid pandemic -19.

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