France announces government reshuffle on Friday

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France’s new government formation will be announced later on Friday, the presidency said, and the new cabinet is set to meet on Monday.

The announcement came four days after Elisabeth Borne, the outgoing Labor Minister, was appointed prime minister, becoming the first woman to lead the French government in more than 30 years.

The government reshuffle was widely expected after President Emmanuel Macron’s re-election in April and ahead of parliamentary elections next month.

The centrist Macron will need a legislative majority to push through his domestic agenda after his reelection, with a new left-wing alliance and the far-right threatening to block his program.

The last female prime minister, Edith Cresson, led the cabinet from May 1991 to April 1992 under President Francois Mitterrand.

Borne, 61, is seen as a skilled technocrat who can negotiate cautiously with unions as the president embarks on a new package of social reforms, including raising the retirement age, which could spark protests.

(AFP)

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