Macron Government: Women are Half of France’s New Ministers

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President Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 new ministerial posts taken by women. Sylvie Goulard is defence minister while Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel is sports minister.

Bruno Le Maire is economy minister, Gerard Collomb is interior minister and François Bayrou is justice minister. Mr Macron’s decision to pluck figures from across the political spectrum has set the right into disarray.

Mr Le Maire is a conservative moderate, Mr Collomb is the Socialist mayor of Lyon and Mr Bayrou is a veteran centrist. Some 170 elected officials from the right were earlier criticised by hundreds of other lawmakers after they signed a statement backing Mr Macron. One accused Mr Macron of “blowing up” the political landscape.

Longtime Macron supporter and campaign manager Richard Ferrand is rewarded with the territorial cohesion portfolio.

Other ministerial appointees include:

  • Agnès Buzyn – health
  • Murielle Pénicaud – labour
  • Mounir Mahjoubi – junior minister for digital affairs
  • Françoise Nyssen – culture
  • Jean-Michel Blanquer – national education
  • Jacques Mézard – agriculture and food

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