Gabriel Attal becomes France’s youngest PM as Macron seeks reset | SaltWire
The appointment of Gabriel Attal as France’s youngest prime minister at the age of 34 by President Emmanuel Macron reflects a strategic move to rejuvenate his leadership and enhance his party’s prospects in the upcoming European Parliament elections. Attal, a media-savvy politician and Macron loyalist, aims to address public concerns about rising living costs, promising bold action to support the middle class. Macron’s popularity has suffered due to discontent over living costs and the contentious pension reform, impacting his party’s standing against Marine Le Pen’s far-right in the EU ballot.
Attal’s recognition as one of France’s most popular politicians, earned during his role as government spokesman amid the COVID pandemic, adds momentum to Macron’s efforts. The new prime minister emphasizes the need to restore faith in the country, especially among the struggling middle class. Macron, now focusing on consensual goals, faces the challenge of advancing his second-term agenda without a parliamentary majority.
The reshuffle sees Attal replacing Elisabeth Borne, the second woman to hold the prime minister role. While some welcome the change as dynamic, others express skepticism about tangible differences. The appointment underscores Macron’s commitment to audacity and symbolizes a shift towards a more youthful and energetic leadership, potentially influencing the political landscape in the lead-up to the 2027 presidential election.
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