The lower house of the French parliament on Tuesday named Yael Brown-Bivet from President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist coalition as its new president. She is the first woman to hold this position.
Brown-Bivet’s election came in the first session of parliament since Macron’s party lost its majority and prepared to deal with proposals to tackle inflation and protect abortion rights.
Macron’s centrist “Together” alliance still holds the most seats in the National Assembly, but this is not enough to easily pass laws.
Brown-Bivet is a former socialist who joined Macron’s party in 2016 and is relatively new to the legislation. It was chosen in a secret ballot for the candidates of the rival parties.