French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. (Photo: AP)
Earlier on the same day, Prime Minister Jean Castex submitted his resignation, paving the way for a cabinet reshuffle after President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected in April.
Borne (61 years old) will be the first woman to be appointed as Prime Minister of France 30 years since Edith Cresson took office under President Francois Mitterrand in the early 1990s.
Female Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said: “I am extremely emotional today. And I can’t help but think of the first woman to hold the position, Edith Cresson. By the way, I also have a word to say to little girls, make your dreams come true and nothing can stop the struggle for women’s place in society.“.
That was a brief statement by the new French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne after the handover meeting with his predecessor. The words that inspire all girls to follow their dreams show that one of Ms Borne’s upcoming priorities is to focus on women’s development alongside other policies such as: trade or climate change.
Ms. Elisabeth Borne served as Minister of Transport, Minister of Environment and Minister of Labor of France. Borne is described by the French media as having a deep understanding of the country, local politics and business. She also participated in many negotiations with trade unions during President Macron’s first term. Macron’s ally, Christophe Castaner, has nicknamed Borne the “minister to make impossible reforms possible”.
During Ms Borne’s tenure as Labor Minister, unemployment in France fell to a 15-year low, and youth unemployment fell to a 40-year low. The French press said that with her deep knowledge of government operations, she would be able to help President Macron remove difficulties and promote reform policies.
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