France unveils revamped government

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France unveils revamped governmentParis, July 7 (IANS) The French presidency has unveiled a government revamped with mixed profiles with old and new faces to embark on a new path that President Emmanuel Macron has embarked on for the reconstruction of the country during his two last years in power.

Among the newcomers to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Jean Castex, lawyer Eric Dupont-Moretti was appointed to supervise the Ministry of Justice and Roselyne Bachelot, triple minister under former presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, received Culture portfolio, reports Xinhua News Agency.

Barbara Pompili, an ecologist who joined the ruling party three years ago, succeeded Elisabeth Borne as Minister of the Environment, who will now be Minister of Labor.

Meanwhile, Macron retained the main figures of the ministerial team.

Jean-Yves Le Drian remained in charge of Foreign and European Affairs, Bruno Le Maire continued to supervise the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Florence Parly maintained his post in the armed forces and Olivier Veran remained in the Ministry of Health and Solidarity.

Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin visited the Home Office to replace Christophe Castaner, who had been criticized by Black Lives Matter protesters for alleged racism in the police force and by officers for lack of Support.

The new cabinet is made up of 16 ministers and 15 deputy ministers.

Half of them are women, fulfilling the President’s promise on gender equality.

Its first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Macron, cornered by the blow of local elections and opposition to his reforms, said last week that he would ensure a new phase of his presidency with a refreshed cabinet to breathe new life into his administration to meet economic challenges , social and health.

–IANS

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