- Title: Macron reappoints finance, foreign ministers, in cabinet reshuffle
- Date: 6th July 2020
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - SEPTEMBER 5, 2018) (REUTERS) CASTANER AND DENORMANDIE LEAVING
- Embargoed: 20th July 2020 19:04
- Keywords: Castex France Macron cabinet ministers politics reshuffle
- Location: PARIS, CALAIS, FRANCE / GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: PARIS, CALAIS, FRANCE / GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00CCLOAFD3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: France is creating three beefed-up ministries for finance, social affairs and the environment in response to the coronavirus shockwaves convulsing the economy, part of a reshuffle by Emmanuel Macron as he recasts his presidency.
Macron's chief of staff Alexis Kohler said on Monday (July 6) Bruno Le Maire would stay at the helm of a finance ministry tasked with steering France out the worst economic depression in decades, now in full control of the budget.
Elisabeth Borne will take charge of an enhanced labour and social affairs ministry just as the downturn unravels Macron's hard-fought gains on unemployment and the president seeks to reset relations with unions and voters after waves of protests. She previously led the ministry for ecological and inclusive transition.
Former Green party politician Barbara Pompili will run a dedicated environment ministry as Macron and his new prime minister seek more emphasis on green policies to drive an economic rebound and build a sustainable future for companies like Air France and Renault.
Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin will replace Christophe Castaner in the coveted interior ministry to head police.
The reshuffle comes eight days after Macron's party took a drubbing in local elections that saw the Greens surge in major cities like Lyon, Bordeaux and Strasbourg.
Foreign affair minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and Defence Minister Florence Parly will all retain their jobs.
New additions also include Julien Denormandie as agriculture minister, Roselyne Bachelot as culture minister and former European affairs minister Amelie de Montchalin taking on the role of minister for public service transformation.
Gabriel Attal will also replace Sibeth Ndiaye as the government spokesman.
(Production: Ardee Napolitano)
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