Elisabeth Borne

No-confidence vote against Macron’s government fails

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The leftwing NUPES coalition triggered the motion in the wake of prime minister Élisabeth Borne’s first major speech to the National Assembly.

French PM confirms EDF nationalisation and pensions reform

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French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne, addressing Parliament with the first policy speech of her new government, announced that France's debt-laden energy giant EDF is to be nationalised, that a reform of the pension system was 'indispensable', and promised an imminent introduction of measures to ease the growing cost of living crisis.

Macron’s new government: more of the same from a president in denial

France — Analysis

A new French government was announced on Monday, replacing the smaller interim government formed following Emmanuel Macron’s re-election as president in April. It also follows the stinging losses of Macron’s centre-right party in June’s legislative elections, after which the president pledged to honour what he called “the will for change that the country has clearly expressed”. But instead, writes Ilyes Ramdani in this presentation and analysis of the new government, the 41-strong ministerial line-up is simply a larger helping of more of the same.  

Macron asks PM Élisabeth Borne to try to form new government

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Macron said he had instructed Borne to conduct new consultations with parliamentary groups to form a "government of action" for early July.

Macron turns down French PM Borne's resignation offer

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Meanwhile, Macron’s discussions with opposition leaders will start on Tuesday with Christian Jacob, head of the rightwing Les Républicains (LR) party, which could be courted to give the president a parliamentary majority.

French PM sees climate, health and cost of living as top priorities

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Élisabeth Borne spoke after a meeting of ministers to outline the priorities of her new government for the coming months.

Macron's new government under Élisabeth Borne: same old recipe, even less novelty

France — Analysis

After a delay of 26 days, on Friday May 20th Emmanuel Macron finally appointed the 27 members of the new government under recently-installed prime minister Élisabeth Borne. As Ilyes Ramdani reports, its composition is strikingly similar to the old government and is still anchored firmly to the right. Historian Pap Ndiaye, who was a surprise appointment as minister of education, represents something of an anomaly alongside the rest of the ministerial team.

Macron opts for continuity in government reshuffle

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President Emmanuel Macron retained his finance and interior ministers while appointing only the second woman to head France's foreign ministry. 

Why Élysée's bid to portray new French premier as leftwing is all smoke and mirrors

France — Opinion

As far as his party and some commentators are concerned, Emmanuel Macron sent a “signal to the Left” this week by appointing Élisabeth Borne as France's new prime minister. It is a sleight of hand that would be laughable if it did not also highlight how the head of state is continuing his attempts to deconstruct the French political arena, argues Mediapart political reporter Ellen Salvi in this opinion article.

Macron appoints Élisabeth Borne as his new prime minister

France — Analysis

Élisabeth Borne was on Monday named as France’s new prime minister, replacing Jean Castex under who she served for the last two years as labour minister. Borne, 61, is the second-ever woman to lead a French government, after Édith Cresson who was briefly in office 30 years ago. The future of Borne and her government now hangs on the results of legislative elections to be held next month, when it remains to be seen whether Macron’s Renaissance party can maintain a working majority in parliament. Dan Israel and Ilyes Ramdani analyse Borne’s track record, and the challenges she now faces.

Macron appoints Élisabeth Borne as prime minister

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Élisabeth Borne, 61, was on Monday appointed by Emmanuel Macron as his new prime minister, replacing Jean Castex under who she served for two years as labour minister and becoming France's second-ever head of government after Édith Cresson, in office between 1991 and 1992.

Macron set to name next PM as focus moves to legislative elections

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Analysts suggest Élisabeth Borne, the employment minister, could be France’s second female prime minister.

Élisabeth Borne to replace François de Rugy as environment minister

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Transport minister replaces de Rugy who quit after a week of reports by Mediapart about his high spending on private dinners and renovations of his ministerial residence.

French minister rolls out plan for city traffic congestion charges

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French transport minister Élisabeth Borne said a draft law on mobility is now being vetted by the state council and will be presented to parliament next month which allows for cities to introduce urban tolls on vehicle traffic and to set limits on how much these would cost.

French transport minister urges more talks as long rail strike looms

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Following a call by the principal French railworkers' unions for twice-weekly rolling strikes over three months from April, in protest at plans to open up part of the state-run network to private competition and changes to workers' employment conditions, transport minister Elisabeth Borne on Friday urged further negotiations, hinting at a possible delay of the liberalisation reforms.