Elisabeth Borne to become France’s first female prime minister in 30 years

Macron is expected to name a new prime minister shortly. French media say Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne is the favourite for the job.

Elisabeth Borne

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday picked Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne as his new prime minister, the Elysee said in a statement, making her the first woman to hold the office since 1992.

Borne, 61, is a soft-spoken career bureaucrat and before joining Macron’s government served numerous Socialist Party ministers.

Her inside knowledge of the workings of the state and France’s labour unions will help the president push through reforms, including Macron’s most contested election pledge: raising the retirement age.

Macron, who was re-elected in April, had said he was looking for a premier with green and social policy credentials. Borne was widely expected to get the job.

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