Paris (AP) — Centrist politician Elizabeth Borne was appointed as the new Prime Minister of France on Monday, making her the second woman in history.
Bourne, 61, the former Minister of Labor of French President Emmanuel Macron, will replace Jean Castex, who was scheduled to resign on Monday for a second five-year term after Macron’s reelection last month. ..
Bourne spoke shortly after his appointment, noting the feelings she felt when she was selected as the best position she had ever held as a French political leader.
“I would like to dedicate this nomination to all the little girls by saying,’Chase your dreams!’ There is nothing to stop the fight for the status of women in our society, “she said.
Macron and Born are expected to appoint a new French government in the next few days.
Macron’s choice of Bourne was criticized by some leftist politicians and their supporters. Firebrand’s far-left leader, Jean-Luc Melenceon, said her appointment was “a new season of social and ecological abuse” and her legacy on Twitter was “reducing the allowance for one million unemployed people.” Insisted that it was equivalent to.
Bourne’s first mission is to ensure that Macron’s centrists and their allies are successful in the June French parliamentary elections. The voting scheduled for the second round will determine the group that will hold the majority of the seats in the Senate, which has the final say in the Senate in the French legislative process.
Macron also promised a bill to deal with rising living costs in France, where food and energy prices are skyrocketing. It is expected to be prepared by his new government and presented shortly after the parliamentary elections.
If Macron wins a majority in parliament, Born must ensure that the president’s promised pension changes are legislated. This includes raising the minimum retirement age from 62 to 65. Left-wing voters.
Macron also promised that the new Prime Minister would be in charge of the “Green Plan” and aim to accelerate the implementation of France’s climate-related policies. Macron has vowed to move “twice as fast” in the second phase to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Bourne has a variety of achievements, encouraging criticism from workers, trade unions and left-wing voters. As Minister of Labor since 2020, she has made changes that make it harder for the unemployed to profit and reduce monthly payments for some unemployed.
In 2018, as France’s Minister of Transport, she faced a major strike from the SNCF railway company against plans to open the train network to competition and end the right to hire new employees and maintain lifetime profits. bottom. She finally passed the bill.
Still, the rise of Born’s power was formidable, even though he had never held an elected position. Approaching the traditional left of France at the beginning of her career, she worked as Chief of Staff of the then Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royale, especially under the socialist French President Francois Hollande.
She became CEO of RATP, the state-owned transportation company that operates the Paris Metro, in 2015.
She joined Macron’s centrist party in 2017. She was Minister of Transport and then Minister of Ecosystem Migration in Macron’s first government.
Bourne is the second woman to hold the post of prime minister in the country, following Edith Cresson, who served under Socialist President Francois Mitterrand from 1991 to 1992. Watercress became so unpopular amid rising prices and high unemployment, she was in office less than a year later.
At the beginning of Monday, Castex came to the Presidential Palace of Elysee to formally offer to resign, and Macron accepted it. In a tweet, Macron thanked Castex and his team, saying, “He acted with passion and dedication to serve France.”
Castex took over Edouard Philippe in July 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the damage caused by the virus and the subsequent blockade of the pandemic, he tried to help businesses and revive the French economy.
In France, it is common for a president to have multiple prime ministers during his term.
This story corrects that Borne was not the French Minister of Ecology under the Netherlands. She was the Chief of Staff of his Minister of Ecology.
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