Gabriel Attal previously held several positions in the French government, including Government Spokesman, Minister of Public Finance, and Minister of Education. He was a member of the Socialist Party at the beginning of his career, but later joined Emmanuel Macron's centrist party known as Ennahda.
He is France's youngest ever prime minister, at just 34 years old, and the first openly gay prime minister.
Elizabeth Bourne's resignation was preceded by recent political tensions over a controversial immigration law backed by Emmanuel Macron that would, among other things, strengthen the government's power to deport some foreigners.
The Prime Minister has been in office since May 2022.
By reorganizing the French government, President Emmanuel Macron's unstated goal is to give another impetus to his second presidential term, especially with regard to the upcoming European Parliament elections and the Summer Olympics to be held in Paris.
According to French media, hundreds of congratulatory messages have already arrived for the new Prime Minister.
👏 Congratulations to @Gabriel AttalAppointment of the Prime Minister.
He successively served as Government Spokesman, Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts, then Minister of National Education and Youth, becoming today the youngest Prime Minister 🇫🇷.
let's continue… pic.twitter.com/KiSZ0KAAFq
– Renaissance (@Renaissance) January 9, 2024
Emmanuel Macron relies on Attal's energy
The French President confirmed Attal's appointment in his message.
I know that I can count on your energy and commitment to implement the reconstruction and renewal project that I announced
Share @Gabriel AttalI know that I can count on your energy and commitment to implementing the rearmament and renewal project that I have announced. True to the spirit of 2017: excellence and boldness. In the service of the nation and the French.
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 9, 2024
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