Elisabeth Borne has been elected the new Prime Minister of France, for the first time in 30 years for a woman to hold office.
Borne will replace Jean Castex in the post, Elysée Palace said in a statement on Monday, becoming the only woman to become Prime Minister since the end of WWII. The first of the country was Cdith Cresson, who served between May 1991 and April 1992 under the Socialist President François Mitterand.
Borne has previously served as Minister of Environment, Transport and Labor.
He will lead the French government that may be tasked with launching the Maclake Presidential election campaign: retirement reform and the development of policies designed to combat climate change.
His appointment follows the re-election of President Emmanuel Macron on April 24.
Borne was “tasked with forming a government,” according to the Elysée.
He handed over his nomination “to every little girl,” during Monday’s power-sharing ceremony.
“Follow your dreams all the way,” Borne said in a statement. “Nothing should delay the struggle for a place for women in society.”
Earlier on Monday, the Elysée Palace announced that Casex had announced his resignation.
A former mayor of his hometown of Prades in southwestern France, Casex was a little known when he became Prime Minister in July 2020. He went on to lead France’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic.