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Élisabeth Borne, French Prime Minister resigns

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Élisabeth Borne, French Prime Minister resigns
Élisabeth Borne resigns as Prime Minister

France’s Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne, has resigned after less than two years in the job.

Her departure comes as President Emmanuel Macron is generally anticipated to restructure his senior team ahead of the European elections later this year.

In a statement, Macron said Ms. Borne demonstrated “courage, commitment, and determination” while in government.

It is unclear who will be appointed as her successor.

Ms. Borne will remain in place until a new prime minister takes over, a statement from the Élysée Palace stated.

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She was France’s second and longest-serving female prime minister, succeeding Édith Cresson, who held the position under François Mitterrand from 1991 to 1992.

Reports of an overhaul of the administration have been prevalent in recent weeks as Mr. Macron attempts to bolster his electoral prospects ahead of June’s election and in a year when France will be on stage when it hosts the Olympic Games.

With three years left of his administration, analysts have claimed an overhaul is necessary to reinvigorate his government’s political drive after a series of protests over contentious policies and legislative setbacks.

His government suffered a significant setback on a critical piece of immigration legislation in December, which was largely regarded as a crisis.
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The measure eventually passed after concessions were made to right-wing opposition groups, but Mr. Macron’s party is still set to face a stiff struggle in the European poll.

Ms. Borne’s resignation will be seen as the beginning of that makeover, with several senior officials in government slated to replace her.

Gabriel Attal, 34, the education minister, is widely seen as the leading candidate for the position. He would be France’s youngest and first-out gay Prime Minister.
An announcement on a new prime minister is not expected until Tuesday, a representative for the Élysée Palace told the reporters.

France’s prime minister is supposed to oversee the government’s day-to-day operations and chair the Council of Ministers.

Mr. Macron’s party lost its legislative majority in 2022, putting the incoming prime minister in a difficult position to enact the president’s goals.

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When nominated, the new prime minister will be the fourth to hold office since Mr. Macron was elected president in 2017.

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