PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new cabinet on Friday, with a new foreign minister among the revamped line-up behind France’s first female prime minister in 30 years.
Three senior ministers – Gérald Darmanin at the Interior Ministry, Bruno Le Maire at the Economy and Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti – all survived the vast upheaval as centrist Macron began his second term.
Catherine Colonna, a career diplomat and most recently French ambassador to Britain, takes over the foreign affairs portfolio as France is deeply engaged in international efforts to support Ukraine against Russian invasion and isolate the Kremlin .
Led by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, who was appointed on Monday, the new cabinet’s top priority will be to try to secure the parliamentary majority Macron needs to implement the policy proposals he campaigned on during the presidential election. presidential election last month.
French legislative elections to determine seats in the National Assembly are held over two rounds in June and far-left and far-right parties are trying to whittle down Macron’s centrist majority.
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The Cabinet appointments were announced by Macron’s office in a statement read aloud by an aide on the stairs of the presidential Elysee Palace, in keeping with tradition.
Black French scholar Pap Ndiaye, an expert on American minority rights movements, has been named France’s new education minister. Ndiaye was previously responsible for the national museum of immigration in France.
In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Ndiaye said France needed to fight racial justice by confronting its often violent colonial past, noting that “French people are very reluctant to look at the dark dimensions of their own history. “.
Colonna replaces Jean-Yves Le Drian, Macron’s foreign minister during his first term. She is the first woman to lead the Quai d’Orsay, the plush seat of French diplomacy on the banks of the Seine, since the end of Michèle Alliot-Marie’s short term as Minister of Foreign Affairs in February 2011.
The new French government also has a new spokeswoman, Olivia Grégoire. The former deputy minister replaces Gabriel Attal and will be one of the most visible members of the new administration.
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