Government reshuffle in France: Macron sticks to heavyweights

However, there is one change at the Foreign Ministry: Stéphane Sejournay, secretary general of Macron's Renaissance Party and adviser to the former president, has replaced Catherine Colonna. With a new government, Macron wants to unite his own camp and go strong into the European elections.

As part of a government reshuffle in France, President Emmanuel Macron is sticking with many heavyweights from the previous cabinet. As announced by the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday evening, Bruno Le Maire will remain as Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance and Gerald Dorman will head the Interior Department. The Defense Minister remains Sébastien Lecorne and the Justice Department continues to be headed by Eric DuPont-Moretti.

However, there is one change at the Foreign Ministry: Stéphane Sejournay, secretary general of Macron's Renaissance Party and adviser to the former president, has replaced Catherine Colonna.

There is also a change at the top of the Ministry of Culture. It will be chaired by Rachida Dati, Minister of Justice from 2007 to 2009 and from the conservative opposition Les Républicains. He follows Rima Abdul Malak, who was involved in the affair surrounding actor Gerard Depardieu, who was accused of sexual and sexual abuse. He described Depardieu as a “disgrace to France”, while Macron somewhat defended the actor.

The government resigned under pressure from Macron

On Tuesday, Macron named Gabriel Attal, the previous education minister, as the new prime minister. Elizabeth Bourne's centrist government earlier resigned under pressure from the president. Sports Minister Amelie Ode-Castera is now also in charge of the Education Department. For Macron, government restructuring is about moving forward. After the 2022 parliamentary elections, his camp does not have an absolute majority in the National Assembly and depends on the votes of the opposition parties.

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With the new government, Macron wants to unify his own camp and go strong into European elections, in which Marine Le Pen's right-wing nationalists threaten to significantly outpace his troops. (APA/dpa)

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