Elisabeth Borne: France names first female prime minister in 30 years

Borne will replace Jean Castex in the post, the Elysée Palace said in a statement on Monday, becoming the second woman to serve as Prime Minister since the end of World War II. The country’s first was Édith Cresson, who served between May 1991 and April 1992 under Socialist President François Mitterrand.

Borne previously served as minister of the environment, transport and labor.

He will lead a French government that will likely be tasked with delivering on President Macron’s election campaign priorities: retirement reform and expanding policies designed to combat climate change.

His appointment follows the re-election of President Emmanuel Macron on April 24.

Borne has been “commissioned to form a government,” according to the Elysee.

She dedicated her nomination to “all the little girls” during a ceremony Monday marking the transfer of power.

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“Follow your dreams to the end,” Borne said in a speech. “Nothing should stop the fight for women’s place in society.”

Earlier Monday, the Elysee Palace announced that Castex had tendered his resignation.

Castex, a former mayor of his small hometown of Prades in southwestern France, was a little-known figure when he became prime minister in July 2020. He went on to lead France’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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