Live: France’s Macron to reshuffle cabinet after losing parliamentary majority
French President Emmanuel Macron is set to reshuffle his government on Monday after losing his majority in France’s National Assembly. Follow our liveblog to find out who is in and out of Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne’s cabinet. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
10:05am: Former health minister set for govt spokesman job, says BFM
Olivier Véran, who served as health minister during the Covid-19 pandemic, will take the goverment spokesman’s job, BFM TV has reported, without naming its source.
Véran, a technocrat, became visible to the public at large as a key minister who steered the country through the larger part of the health crisis.
He was appointed minister for relations with parliament following the presidential election in April.
9:50am: Finance minister to stay on
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has told France Inter radio that he will stay on in his current role.
That is no surprise, Le Maire being one of Macron’s most prominent ministers.
9:45am: An unavoidable reshuffle
The reshuffle has become necessary for Macron after some ministers were defeated in parliamentary elections last month, forcing them to step down, in line with French political tradition.
Some cabinet seats had also been vacant since Macron’s re-election in April.
But the scope of the overhaul may be larger, with Macron seeking to balance power in his own alliance and send a signal to voters he has heard their call for change.
>> Read more: After losing the majority, can Macron strike a deal with opposition parties?
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