France gets its youngest and first openly gay PM
France saw its youngest and first out gay prime minister named Tuesday as French President Emmanuel Macron seeks a fresh start for the rest of his term amid growing political pressure from the far right.
Gabriel Attal, 34, rose to prominence as the government’s spokesman and education minister and had polled as the most popular minister in the outgoing government.
His predecessor, Elisabeth Borne, resigned Monday following recent political turmoil over an immigration law that strengthens the government’s ability to deport foreigners.
Macron will work with Attal to name a new government in the coming days, though some key ministers are expected to continue in their posts.
‘’I know I can count on your energy and your commitment,’’ Macron posted on X in a message to Attal.
The president made a reference to Attal reviving the “spirit of 2017,’’ when Macron, then 39, shook up French politics and shot to a surprise victory as France’s youngest president on a centrist pro-business platform aimed at reviving one of the world’s biggest economies.
During the handover ceremony, Attal said: “I could read and hear it: The youngest president of the Republic in history appoints the youngest prime minister in history. I want to see it only as the symbol of boldness and movement. It is also, and perhaps above all, a symbol of confidence in young people.”
Attal said his goals included making security an “absolute priority” and promoting values of “authority and respect of others.”
He also vowed to strengthen public services, including schools and the health system, and push for “better controlling immigration.”
Under the French political system, the prime minister is appointed by the president and accountable to Parliament.
The prime minister is in charge of implementing domestic policy, notably economic measures, and coordinating the government’s team of ministers.
The president holds substantial powers over foreign policy and European affairs and is the commander in chief of the country’s armed forces.
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