After the two serious social crises that have marked the season in France, Emmanuel Macron has decided to reshape the Government before going on vacation but without changes in depth in the main portfolios and keeping Élisabeth Borne at the helm of the Executive, which has been reinforced after the management of the wave of violence that shocked the country at the beginning of July after the death of the young Nahel shot by the police. The Prime Minister has been in the spotlight throughout the entire political season, but her image as an indefatigable worker in the face of a crisis has prevailed in the face of an eventual change in office that was not at all clear. A month ago, when the Interior headline sounded to replace it, Gerald Darmanina member of the Executive pointed out to LA RAZON that keeping Borne “was less risky” and “reassuring” for the moment France is living.
Thus, the main changes are that of the head of Education, the historian of Senegalese origin Papa Ndiayewho will be replaced by the until now Minister of Finance, gabriel attal –a close friend of Macron who is only 34 years old–, and that of the Minister of Health, François Braunreplaced by Aurélien Rousseau, who was Borne’s chief of staff. Among the new faces of the Executive are also Thomas Cazenave in the Treasury portfolio, the mayor of the city of Dunkerque Patrice Vergriete in Housing or the deputy Aurore Berge in Solidarity and Families. Today, Friday, they will hold their first Council of Ministers before the holidays, waiting for Macron to address the French in a format yet to be determined before Sunday, when he begins a week-long trip to Oceania.
Macron will try to take stock of two fundamental issues that have marked the political course in France: on the one hand, the 100 days of action since the promulgation of the controversial pension reform, which will progressively delay the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64, which gave rise to social protests between January and May. And for another; the solutions for the structural problems of the French suburbs who are in the background of the security crisis after the death of Nahel.