The new French government under an all-powerfull Macron

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The announcement of the composition of the government to serve under France’s newly appointed prime minister Jean Castex was largely a reshuffle, but with a few notable new arrivals, including the controversial figure of lawyer Éric Dupont-Moretti who was appointed as justice minister. It is also marked by the reinforcement of allies of former president Nicolas Sarkozy to key posts. Ellen Salvi reports on the comings and goings, and analyses the process by which President Emmanuel Macron, with his appointment of Castex, has largely effaced the remaining power of the post of prime minister, and significantly increased his own.

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Aides to President Emmanuel Macron had earlier promised “surprises” in the composition of the reshuffled government to serve under newly appointed prime minister Jean Castex, and which was finally revealed on Monday evening.