French President appoints Elisabeth Borne as new PM

New York: French President Emmanuel Macron has named Elisabeth Borne as the country’s new Prime Minister.

Borne, 61, is a former Minister of Transport, Ecology and Labour. She is the second woman to hold the position after Edith Cresson (1991-1992) under President Francois Mitterrand.

She succeeds Jean Castex, who had led the French Cabinet since July 2020. The government reshuffle has been expected since April 24, when Macron won the presidential election against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

A long-time member of the Socialist Party, Borne voted for Macron in the 2017 presidential election and later joined the centrist La Republique en Marche Party.


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