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The government finally reshuffled, the opposition makes fun of “musical chairs”

The new government team will meet for a first Council of Ministers at 4:00 p.m., said the Elysée in a press release.

The former Minister of Health Olivier Véran has been appointed government spokesperson, a position occupied for a month and a half by Olivia Grégoire, and will be “in charge of democratic renewal”. Mr. Véran is himself replaced in Relations with Parliament by the current Trade Minister Franck Riester, and Mrs. Grégoire becomes Minister for SMEs, trade, crafts and tourism.

Caillou in the shoe of the executive, Damien Abad (Solidarity and people with disabilities), the subject of an investigation by the Paris prosecutor’s office for attempted rape after the complaint of a woman and a third testimony against him on Monday, leaves of the government. He is replaced by the boss of the Red Cross Jean-Christophe Combe.

While the Macronist camp only has a relative majority in the National Assembly after the slap in the legislative elections, the new team reflects a subtle mix of representatives of the different political forces that are its partners.

Thus, Christophe Béchu, a close friend of Edouard Philippe, an ally of LREM with his Horizons party, is promoted to Minister for Ecological Transition, replacing Amélie de Montchalin, beaten in the legislative elections, in addition to the portfolio of Territorial Cohesion. which he occupied until then.

Former MoDem Minister Sarah El Haïry returns to the government, in charge of Youth and Universal National Service to the Minister of the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu, while another MoDem, Jean-Noël Barrot, will be in charge of Digital Transition at Bercy and telecommunications. MP Horizons Agnès Firmin Le Bodo is appointed Minister Delegate for Territorial Organization and Health Professions.

Also beaten during the legislative elections, the Minister of Health Brigitte Bourguignon is replaced by the emergency doctor François Braun, who will also be in charge of Prevention.

– “Recasement” and “decomposition” –

Among the entrants, the chief economist of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Laurence Boone becomes Secretary of State in charge of Europe to replace Clément Beaune, who leaves for Transport, and the various left mayor of Clichy -sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis) Olivier Klein Minister Delegate for Cities and Housing.

The former prefect Jean-François Carenco will be Minister Delegate for Overseas to Gérald Darmanin (Interior) replacing Yaël Braun-Pivet, elected President of the National Assembly at the end of June.

At LREM, MP Roland Lescure is in charge of Industry, Bérangère Couillard of Ecology, Olivier Becht is appointed Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, and Hervé Berville Secretary of State for the Sea replacing Justine Benin, also beaten to the legislative ones.

It is also the return of the former Minister Marlène Schiappa, appointed Secretary of State in charge of the Social and Solidarity Economy and Community Life.

The opposition harshly welcomed the announcement of the new government team.

At the RN, the deputy and former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen deplored on Twitter that “those who failed are all renewed” and the fact that Emmanuel Macron “thus once again ignores the verdict of the ballot boxes and the will of the French of another policy”. One of the party’s spokespersons, Julien Odoul, denounced “a small and mediocre recycling and recasing operation”.

“Macronie in the process of recruitment”, that is to say the “sign of a power in the process of decomposition”, abounded the president of the LFI group in the National Assembly Mathilde Panot, while the spokesperson PCF Ian Brossat criticized a “new game of musical chairs”.

EELV MP Sandrine Rousseau denounced the takeover of the Ecological Transition portfolio by Christophe Béchu, “never crossed paths on the slightest environmental struggle”.

– “Roadmap” –

In addition to the question of the political mix, the executive has fulfilled the objective of parity, since the new government brings together 21 men and 21 women, including its leader Elisabeth Borne, even if the latter are over-represented in the posts of secretaries of state. .

Unlike Mr. Abad, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, the Secretary of State for Development who is facing two rape complaints filed by patients in her gynecology practice, remains.

This reshuffle, then the general policy speech delivered by Ms Borne on Wednesday – for which she has still not said whether she would seek the confidence of the deputies by a vote – should make it possible to end what seemed like a long period of uncertainty for the executive, since the re-election of Emmanuel Macron on April 24, almost two and a half months ago.

Common point of the new members, their ability to “be able to share the roadmap which was chosen by the French” with the election of Mr. Macron, had argued Sunday the president of the LREM group in the National Assembly Aurore Bergé, suggesting that the oppositions who claim an “amended” project will be at their expense.

The long-awaited purchasing power bill will arrive before the National Assembly on July 18, with the aim of adopting it before the end of July or “early August maximum, to have very rapid effects for the French”, underlined Sunday Yael Braun-Pivet.

Fuel at 1.50 euros per liter, revaluation of work, lower CSG for retirees: LR deputies have already set “conditions sine qua non” for them to vote on the text, warned their boss , the former minister Olivier Marleix.

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