Elisabeth Borne appointed France's new prime minister

AP , Monday 16 May 2022

French Prime Minister Jean Castex resigned Monday in an expected move after the reelection last month of centrist President Emmanuel Macron, who quickly named a replacement.

Elisabeth Borne
Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne has been widely tipped as Emmanuel Macron s next prime minister. AFP


Castex came to the Elysee presidential palace on Monday to formally offer his resignation, which the president ``accepted,'' the Elysee said in a statement.

Macron appoints Elisabeth Borne as the country's new prime minister. In France, it's common for presidents to have more than one prime minister during their terms.

Borne, 61, succeeds Jean Castex, whose resignation was expected after President Emmanuel Macron's reelection last month.

Macron and Borne are expected to appoint the full government in the coming days.

Borne is the second woman to hold the position after Edith Cresson, who was prime minister in 1991-1992 under Socialist President Francois Mitterrand.

She has served as Labor Minister in Macron's previous government since 2020. Before that, she was transport minister and then minister of ecological Transition, also under Macron.

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