New government: Pap Ndiaye surprise and a game of chairs – 20.05.2022, 20:54

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne during her tour of Les Mureaux near Paris, 19 May 2022 (AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne during her tour of Les Mureaux near Paris, 19 May 2022 (AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)

Historian Pap Ndiaye in education and a broad vote of chairs: A month after Emmanuel Macron’s re-election and three weeks before the legislative election, France installed a new government on Friday, which oscillates between renewal and recycling.

A joint government of 14 men and 14 women, balanced between “personalities from the left and the centre” and “some who had served as ministers in recent years, and then new names”, assured the Prime Minister. Elisabeth Borne on the 20 hour set of TF1.

Surprises delivered by Secretary-General Alexis Kohler on the steps of the Elysée Palace include the assignment of the Foreign Minister portfolio to diplomat Catherine Colonna, or her arrival at Rima Abdul Malak Culture until she becomes an adviser to Emmanuel Macron.

The highlight, however, is the arrival at the Ministry of Education of 56-year-old Pap Ndiaye, who until now has run the Palais de la Porte Dorée, and thus the Museum of the History of Immigration. This prominent intellectual, an expert in the social history of the United States and minorities, will replace Jean-Michel Blanquer as head of a vibrant ministry filled with social tensions.

The extreme right immediately focused its criticism on this choice. Marine Le Pen said, “The appointment of Pap Ndiaye, who is assumed to be a native, to National Education is the final stone in the destruction of our country, its values ​​and its future.”

Eric Zemmour assured that “it is the whole history of France that will be reconsidered in the light of indigenousness, awakening ideology and Islamo-leftism”. Elisabeth Borne denounced the “perfect cartoon” criticism.

Historian Pap Ndiaye, who received the National Education portfolio in the government of Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, in front of the Museum of the History of Migration in Paris, March 5, 2021 (AFP / Martin BUREAU)

Historian Pap Ndiaye, who received the National Education portfolio in the government of Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, in front of the Museum of the History of Migration in Paris, March 5, 2021 (AFP / Martin BUREAU)

Colonna, who was Minister for European Affairs from 2005 to 2007 and spokesperson for the Elysée under Jacques Chirac, is already experienced in the running of government. The new head of French diplomacy, who took office amid the war in Ukraine, has been ambassador to the United Kingdom since September 2019.

– Mayor N.2 –

The first government of Macron’s second five-year term, as was the appointment of former Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne at Matignon on Monday.

Catherine Colonna, appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs, on 21 March 2022 in Rome (AFP / TIZIANA FABI)

Catherine Colonna, appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs, on 21 March 2022 in Rome (AFP / TIZIANA FABI)

Some keep their portfolios: heavyweights Bruno Le Maire (Economics, finance and industrial and digital sovereignty), Gérald Darmanin (Interior) and especially Eric Dupond-Moretti (Justice), who have received N.2 status from the government, despite conflicting relations with the magistrates’ unions. Clément Beaune remains on his behalf the executive Mr. Europe and Franck Riester in Foreign Trade.

Much of the movement is like a chair game, leading Insoumis Jean-Luc Mélenchon to say that “under the smug and gray appearances, without arrogance, we found the main figures of social exploitation and ecological irresponsibility of the previous government.” .

“A right-wing government that doesn’t care about ecology and social issues,” added Julien Bayou, the EELV’s national secretary.

Damien Abad, the former boss of LR MPs, takes over the Ministry of Solidarity, Autonomy and Disability.  Photo dated May 21, 2021 (AFP / JOEL SAGET)

Damien Abad, the former boss of LR MPs, takes over the Ministry of Solidarity, Autonomy and Disability. Photo dated May 21, 2021 (AFP / JOEL SAGET)

This is how Amélie de Montchalin (former Civil Service) becomes Minister of Ecological Transition and Regional Harmony, and Agnès Pannier-Runacher (former Industry) gets the portfolio of Minister of Energy Transition. The two women will co-create with Elisabeth Borne, who is directly responsible for the government’s “ecological” triad of ecological and energy planning.

Defending the “rejection” of the ecological transition in “all public policies”, Borne underlined “an unparalleled organization in this field”.

Sébastien Lecornu (formerly Overseas) won armies, replacing Florence Parly. Marc Fesneau (ex-Parliament Relations) will go to Agriculture, his predecessor Julien Denormandie has stated that he now wants to devote himself to his family.

Brigitte Bourguigon (former Autonomy) takes the lead in going to Health, with pension reform in the background falling to Labor Ministry Olivier Dussopt (former Budget).

Olivier Véran, a figure in the management of the Covid crisis, is responsible for Relations with Parliament, while Gabriel Attal is posted to Public Accounts. Olivia Grégoire became spokesperson in her place.

Among the political candidates, the arrival of Damien Abad reflects the continued fracture of the right by Emmanuel Macron. The former boss of the LR MPs, who closed the door of his party this week, is taking the Ministry of Solidarity, Autonomy and Disability.

The mayor of Angers, Christophe Béchu, close to Edouard Philippe, was appointed as the minister delegate for local authorities.

– Substitute ministers –

New Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne's list of 17 ministers, 6 deputy ministers and 4 secretaries of state was announced by the Elysée on Monday, in order of protocol ( AFP / )

New Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne’s list of 17 ministers, 6 deputy ministers and 4 secretaries of state was announced by the Elysée on Monday, in order of protocol ( AFP / )

And in the foreground is Stanislas Guerini, the party’s boss, Minister of Transformation and civil service, Yaël Braun-Pivet, chairman of the Parliamentary Laws Commission, Some historic marchers promoted abroad are rewarded. Amélie Oudéa-Castera is the former CEO of the Tennis Federation (FFT), which accesses Sports.

Sylvie Retailleau, Rector of the University of Paris-Saclay, will head the Higher Education and Research department, and judge Isabelle Rome will be responsible for gender equality.

This new government, which will meet in the Cabinet on Monday, will lead the fight for the legislative elections on 12 and 19 June, which could lead to a new wave of appointments.

It will also need to come forward quickly on purchasing power in an inflationary context. “Of course we have heard the message of the concerns of the French,” Ms Borne assured, reminding her that the first bill of her tenure would include a package of measures to address the problem.

But ministers will also need to be careful on their pitch, the reserve period begins Monday.

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