Macron names Elisabeth Borne as France’s new prime minister

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Paris, May16 (BNA): Centrist politician Elisabeth Borne was appointed France’s new prime minister on Monday, becoming only the second woman in history to hold the post, reports AP.

 

Borne, 61, the labor minister in French President Emmanuel Macron’s previous government, succeeds Jean Castex, whose resignation on Monday was expected after Macron’s reelection last month to a second five-year term.

 

Borne spoke soon after her appointment, noting the emotions she felt at being selected for the highest office a woman has ever held in French political leadership.

 

“I would like to dedicate this nomination to all the little girls by telling them ‘Go after your dreams!’ Nothing should stop the fight for the place of women in our society,” she said.

 

Macron and Borne are expected to appoint a new French government in the coming days.

 

Macron’s choice of Borne was criticized by some left-wing politicians and their supporters.

 

 Firebrand far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon said her appointment marks “a new season of social and ecological mistreatment,” claiming on Twitter that her legacy amounted to “a reduction in the allowances of 1 million unemployed people.”

 

 Borne’s first mission will be to make sure that Macron’s centrist party and its allies do well in France’s parliamentary election in June.

 

The vote, scheduled for two rounds, will determine which group holds the majority of seats at the National Assembly, which has the final say over the Senate in France’s law-making process.

 

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