TF1 screenshot This Friday, May 20, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne was on TF1 to discuss the composition of her first government and the objectives it has set itself. POLITICS – Nothing changes, or almost. This Friday, May 20, after the announcement of the composition of the government of Elisabeth Borne, appointed to Matignon earlier this week, the new Prime Minister was on the TF1 television news to discuss her team and the challenges that await her. A file that she approached by multiplying the references to the first five-year term of Emmanuel Macron, re-elected on April 24 against Marine Le Pen. Thus, the new tenant of Matignon has placed herself in the right line of Édouard Philippe and Jean Castex, her two predecessors as Prime Minister, who both led governments of which she was a part. Regarding the last occupant of the position, she even positioned herself in a form of filiation, explaining that she was “very in tune with Jean Castex, for example on the importance of social dialogue”. A way of saying that the five years ahead will continue the action initiated by Emmanuel Macron since his accession to the Élysée in 2017. In this respect, it is impossible not to recall that thirteen members of the government announced this Friday were already in office. before the presidential election, some with the exact same role: Bruno Le Maire in the Economy, Gérald Darmanin in the Interior or Éric Dupond-Moretti as Keeper of the Seals, to name but a few. Making something new out of the oldEven when she mentioned the new entrants, Élisabeth Borne insisted that they were “convinced” by the policy already initiated by Emmanuel Macron. And to defend, in bulk during his time on TF1, several laws and measures put in place by his predecessors, who will have to find continuity with the new team: civic service as a means of offering an alternative to young people who “ drop out”, the “tariff shield” to deal with soaring energy prices, the “Macron bonus” supposed to guarantee the purchasing power of the French, the promises of Jean-Michel Blanquer in terms of education (then even that Pap Ndiaye, who succeeds him rue de Grenelle, is absolutely not in the same ideological family) etc. And even on the question of ecology, a file on which Emmanuel Macron and his ministers have not ceased to be scolded for five years, to the point of being condemned in court for climate inaction, it is by speaking of continuity that Elisabeth Borne sought to convince. Because if the Prime Minister inherits for the first time a complementary portfolio in addition to leading the government, the ecological transition, it is alongside two regulars of the ministries under Macron that she is supposed to carry this fight. Amélie de Montchalin, “who must implement government policy in the territories with elected officials”, and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who will deal primarily with energy issues, particularly in terms of renewables. It now remains to be seen whether Elisabeth Borne will be able to lead this agenda of continuity in the next five years. Because on June 12 and 19, she is also a candidate in the legislative elections in the 6th district of Calvados. And we imagine that as in 2017, it will be difficult for a beaten minister to remain in office on the evening of the second round, if the presidential camp has a majority in the Assembly. See also on the HuffPost: Mélenchon castigates the new government but spares Ndiaye
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