Jean Castex wanted to complete his government " as quickly as possible ", he did not drag. Three days after the appointment of a new prime minister in Matignon, the secretary general of the Elysée Palace, Alexis Kohler, announced Monday shortly after 7 p.m., the composition of the new executive. A casting supposed to carry the directions of Emmanuel Macron for the end of his five-year term: the economic, social, environmental and cultural reconstruction of the country.
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Unsurprisingly, Bruno Le Maire remains in Bercy, but inheriting an additional task: revival. He has been working on it since the coronavirus crisis and must present his plan at the start of the school year. At the Ministry of Labor, Élisabeth Borne settles down. She was replaced in the Environment by the ecologist Barbara Pompili, who became number two in the government with two ministers delegated in her team: Emmanuelle Wargon for Housing and Jean-Baptiste Djebbari for Transport.The former President of the Republic whose shadow hangs over this reshuffle.
Before the reshuffle, the entourage of Emmanuel Macron promised surprises. One of them moved to the Ministry of Culture with the arrival of Roselyne Bachelot. Close to François Fillon, she had withdrawn from political life and intervened regularly in the media. But Roselyne Bachelot is above all a former Minister of Health for Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of the Republic whose shadow hangs over this reshuffle.
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There was already Jean Castex in Matignon, these are now two other relatives of Nicolas Sarkozy who are settling in key ministries. Its former campaign director during the LR primary in 2016, Gérald Darmanin, went from the State Secretariat for the Budget to the Ministry of the Interior, one of the most sensitive posts in the Republic. In front of him at the Justice, it is also a close friend of Nicolas Sarkozy, the lawyer Éric Dupond-Moretti, who settles in the Chancellery. He was appointed Keeper of the Seals to replace Nicole Belloubet. This is the other surprise of the reshuffle.
For the rest of the key positions, many do not move. Jean-Yves Le Drian remains in Foreign Affairs, Jean-Michel Blanquer keeps National Education, Florence Parly is confirmed in Defense, Olivier Véran pursues Health, Marc Fesneau keeps Relations with Parliament, Roxana Maracineanu continues in Sports.
Soothe the majority
Some members of the former government get a promotion, like Julien Denormandie who inherits from Agriculture, Sébastien Lecornu, who obtains Overseas or Marlène Schiappa who goes to the Interior as Minister responsible for Citizenship. For all, Gabriel Attal will be the spokesperson. He replaces Sibeth Ndiaye with the parolat carrier. Close to Emmanuel Macron, she decided to return to civilian life after having "refused several proposals for delegated ministries ", according to those around her.
Emmanuel Macron and Jean Castex completed this reshuffle after a busy day for the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister wants to build a relationship of trust with the institutions.Her entourage
All day long, Jean Castex wore his new costume as head of government. To occupy the ground and make wait before the appointment of the new government team, the elected representative of the Pyrénées-Orientales has multiplied the consultations. After a lunch with Emmanuel Macron, Jean Castex went to the Senate, for an interview with Gérard Larcher, before meeting Richard Ferrand at the National Assembly then Patrick Bernasconi, president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council. Objective: to show that he cares for institutions and intermediate bodies
"The Prime Minister wants to build a relationship of trust with the institutions," said his entourage. At the time of the announcement of the government casting, Monday evening, all the parliamentarians of the majority were invited to Matignon for a first exchange. Appeasing the majority is Jean Castex's other work. No doubt more complicated than a reshuffle.