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Macron elects new youngest France’s prime minister

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France’s president, Emmanuel Macron has chosen Gabriel Attal as France’s new prime minister in a bid to rejuvenate his presidency as par BBC. 

At 34, Attal becomes the youngest prime minister in modern French history, surpassing Laurent Fabius, appointed at 37 in 1984. The appointment follows the resignation of Élisabeth Borne, who faced challenges with a lack of parliamentary majority during her 20-month tenure.

Currently serving as the education minister, Attal’s rapid rise includes a background as an obscure health ministry adviser and a member of the Socialists a decade ago. 

As the first openly gay occupant of Hôtel Matignon, he shares a civil partnership with MEP Stéphane Sejourné, another Macron ally.

Attal will lead the French government into crucial European Parliament elections in June. 

His ascent began in 2018 when he became a deputy minister in the education department, showcasing brilliance as a debater in parliament. 

Known for his charm and popularity, Attal’s trajectory mirrors Macron’s vision of breaking the old left-right political divide.

 

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