Macron appoints Elisabeth Borne as new PM

(Update: changes headline, re-ledes) Paris, France, May 16 (EFE).- French president Emmanuel Macron appointed on Monday Elisabeth Borne as France’s new prime minister shortly after Jean Castex handed in his resignation, the Élysée Palace said in a statement. Borne is the first woman to head the French government in three decades after Edith Cresson held office from May 1991 to April 1992 under president Francois Mitterrand. The move is part of Macron’s long-awaited cabinet reshuffle after he was re-elected for a second term last month. Macron had already announced that if he were re-elected, he would change the head of government for a more social, environmentalist profile and would prefer a woman to hold the post. Borne was appointed minister of transport in 2017 before becoming minister of ecological and inclusive transition in 2019 and minister of labor in July 2020. EFE atc/mp/ks

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