Macron reshuffles cabinet
Arafat Hasan of DOT
French President Emmanuel Macron reshuffled his government yesterday, naming the head of his ruling party to the post of interior minister, maintaining a left-right balance as he builds a broad base to fight the 2019 European elections.
It’s being speculated that Macron’s immediate aim is to steady his administration after a series of resignations challenged his authority. He also reportedly wants to inject new energy into his social and economic reform agenda and reverse a slump in his popularity.
The French leader had been expected to announce the reassembly last week before postponing it, a delay he which claimed was to ensure the “right decisions” were made. Nevertheless, opponents have raised questions about the depth of experience in his party.
A Macron aide said there would be no shift in policy direction.
Macron and his prime minister, Edouard Philippe, had been weighing the reshuffle for two weeks following the resignation of interior minister Gerard Collomb, one of Macron’s earliest backers. Collomb’s departure followed two other ministerial resignations just weeks earlier.
In the end, the appointment of Christophe Castaner as interior minister, moving from the position of head of Macron’s political party, was the only high profile change.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who has spearheaded Macron’s euro zone reform push, and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian retained their posts. -Source: Reuters