Openly gay Gabriel Attal has become France's youngest-ever prime minister and is expected to revitalize Emmanuel Macron's presidency.
Gabriel Attal became France's youngest ever Prime Minister after President Emmanuel Macron appointed him to succeed Elisabeth Bourne. The 34-year-old previously served as Minister of Education.
Attal has been chosen to shake up Macron's presidency, which has struggled with its legislative agenda since losing its absolute majority in parliament in 2022. He is the country's first openly gay prime minister, having entered into a civil union with a French MEP.
In a blog post on the X website (formerly Twitter), Macron said that he is counting on Attal’s energy and commitment to achieve the political goals of his presidency.
Borne, 62, resigned with the rest of her government on Monday in the face of negative public opinion. Last year, controversial pension reforms pushed through Parliament without a vote. The controversial maneuver sparked mass protests.
The French public also blamed it for failing to tackle inflation and illegal immigration. The latest case has caused a surge in popularity in parliament for the right-wing pro-border National Rally party, which Marine Le Pen leads.
Bourne's resignation letter implied that she would have preferred to remain in her position, stating that she “should” present it to the president despite her passion for the job, according to the Associated Press.
The government reshuffle comes months before Paris hosts the Olympic Games and holds European Parliament elections in June. Opinion polls expect the centrist powers led by Macron to lose many of their current seats in the European Union's legislative council.
The incumbent president won his second term two years ago, defeating Le Pen in the second round, but was unable to build on success during the race for parliamentary seats several months later.
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