Paris | The new French Prime minister, Jean Castex, unveiled on Monday the composition of his new government, a key step in the attempt of the president and Emmanuel Macron to revive two years of the end of its mandate.
Jean Castex, unknown to the general public, mayor of a small town in the south of the country and from the right as his predecessor, Edouard Philippe, was appointed Friday to Prime minister by Mr. Macron.
After three years in power, the reforms are controversial, such as those for unemployment insurance, a number of crises (protests of the yellow vests), the French president had announced a need, according to his words, to ” reinvent itself “, then it is not very popular and as the country prepares to undergo a strong rebound in economic result of the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
Decided to pick up the pace to try and forget the debacle of the party in power, The Republic in Market (LREM), during the municipal elections of 28 June, the new couple executive should appoint a government of twenty ministers, according to the Elysée.
The speculation and questions. Noting that a participation in the government would make no “sense” only if it could pursue a policy of ” more social, greener, more democratic “, the former socialist minister and former presidential candidate Ségolène Royal said that he was contacted Saturday. An assertion refuted by a source close to the head of the State.
The entourage of Mr Macron was assured that there would be “new talent” and “personalities from different walks of life” in the new government.
Emmanuel Macron has said in tweets on Sunday, the lines of force of the last part of his five-year term as “a government of mission and rally” will have to put in work: “the revival of the economy, continued reform of our social protection and the environment, and re-establishment of a republican order fair” or ” defend european sovereignty “.
Of the priorities that it should elaborate on the occasion of a new intervention on the day of the national holiday of 14 July, reviving a presidential tradition that it had been suppressed.
The Prime minister will present his program “a few days after,” according to the entourage of Emmanuel Macron.
Opposition leaders have criticized the choice of a stranger like Mr. Castex as that of a president who wants to have all the cards in hand to prepare for the presidential election of 2022, without being bothered by a Prime minister who would take him out of the shadows.
M. Castex has made its first outing on Saturday in a high-tech enterprise in difficulty, where he stressed that ” the epidemic has changed the game “. He has in particular focused on the need to “relocate” the industrial jobs, but also argued that the ecology is “not an option” but ” an obligation.”
Sunday night, the new Prime minister has made a surprise visit to the police in La Courneuve, in the northern suburbs of Paris. He was keen to ensure the support of “without flaw” of the government and the forces of order and of its commitment to ” public safety “, in full controversy over the police violence.