President Macron reshuffles French government

Medical doctor named health minister, Véran new spokesman

04 July, 12:30

    PARIS - The French president's office on Monday officially announced a government reshuffle that had been reported in advance for months by French media.

    Olivier Véran, former health minister who gained popularity during the COVID pandemic, has been named government spokesman.

    Damien Abad, Minister for Solidarity who has been placed under investigation for alleged rape attempts, has been removed from office.

    Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon, who did not get enough support during the June parliamentary elections, has been replaced by François Braun, an emergency room doctor. This choice seems to have come in response to protests within the hospital sector over a lack of personnel.

    The naming of French Red Cross director Jean-Christophe Combe as Minister for Solidarity in the place of Abad seems to be for similar reasons.

    The senior economist of the Organisation for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD) Laurence Boone has been named Undersecretary for Europe in the place of Clément Beaune, a close supporter of President Emmanuel Macron.

    Beaune has been given the role of Minister of Transportation.

    On the basis of a rule backed by Macron that ministers that lost in elections must leave their government positions, Minister for Ecological Transition Amélie de Montchalin has left her position and will be replaced by Anger mayor Christophe Bechu.

    Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will take on a broader portfolio and will from now on be tasked with overseas territories as well.

    Former member of France's communist and socialist parties Olivier Klein will also enter the government as minister in charge of housing and city affairs.

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