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French PM Elisabeth Borne resigns ahead of Macron’s cabinet reshuffle

By IGIHE
On 9 January 2024 at 07:09

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne stepped down on Monday in anticipation of President Emmanuel Macron’s imminent cabinet reshuffle, aimed at injecting fresh momentum into the remaining three years of his presidency.

According to media reports, Education Minister Gabriel Attal, 34, emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Borne, potentially becoming France’s youngest and first openly gay prime minister.

Borne, in her resignation letter, expressed passion for her role, but the presidency confirmed her resignation was accepted. Macron is expected to announce the new prime minister on Tuesday. The reshuffle is viewed as essential to rejuvenate Macron’s presidency amidst challenges, preventing him from becoming a "lame duck" leader.

Gabriel Attal, known for his political acumen, is favored for the position. The reshuffle aims to address crises and position Macron’s government for the upcoming European Parliament elections. The uncertainty extends to key ministerial positions, keeping options open until the last moment, as Macron seeks to navigate a pivotal period in his presidency.

French PM Elisabeth Borne has resigned ahead of Macron's cabinet reshuffle.

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