Elisabeth Borne resigns as French prime minister

Paris, Jan 8 (EFE).- Elisabeth Borne resigned as French prime minister on Monday, the Elysee announced.

Education minister Gabriel Attal appears to be the favorite to succeed her.

“Your work in the service of our nations has been exemplary every day. You have led our project with the courage, commitment and determination of stateswomen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said president Emmanuel Macron, on X (formerly Twitter).

Macron, whose popularity has plunged, is looking to revitalize his mandate a year and a half after his re-election.

After 20 months at the head of the cabinet, Borne, the second woman to lead a government in France, has helped enact unpopular measures, including the pension reform and the immigration law.

The latter, approved last month with the backing of the conservative right and the far-right, caused a divide within President Macron’s party Renaissance, amid discontent from its most left-wing members.

Borne was unable to find the necessary consensus to pass her government’s laws, which has forced her to resort frequently to an article of the Constitution that allows her to adopt them without a vote in parliament.

She has been also forced to overcome 30 censure motions presented by the opposition, some of which were won by narrow margins, such as the one she overcame after the approval of the pension reform by only nine votes.

Even then, her position at the head of the government seemed compromised, but Macron kept her in office on the condition that she would be able to reach the necessary agreements.

Borne, 62, from the Socialist Party, has failed to attract either the left or right-wing opposition, a task that her successor will now have to take on.

The Elysée indicated that Borne will continue to deal with current affairs until her successor takes over.

Education minister Gabriel Attal appears to be the favorite to lead the government, which, if confirmed, would make him at 34 the youngest prime minister in French history. EFE


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