Paris, 20 May 2022 (dpa/MIA) – French President Emmanuel Macron gave a signal of continuity as he announced his new Cabinet for his second term in office, with new faces taking on the foreign and defence portfolios.
Bruno Le Maire remains economy and finance minister, while Gérald Darmanin continues to head the Interior Ministry and Éric Dupond-Moretti the Justice Ministry, the Élysée Palace said.
The new French foreign minister will be Catherine Colonna, who is the former French ambassador to London and former Europe minister under ex-president Jacques Chirac.
As part of the reshuffle the new defence minister will be Sébastien Lecornu, previously minister for overseas territories.
Macron had already appointed former labour minister Élisabeth Borne as the new prime minister on Tuesday, marking only the second time in 30 years that France has a female head of government.
Of the 17 ministries, eight will now be headed by a woman.
The new names given to some ministries also reflect the priorities of Macron. For instance, the Labour Ministry is now the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Economic Inclusion.
There will also be an Energy Transition Ministry and a Ministry for Solidarity, Self-Employment and Disabled People.
After securing a second term as president last month, Macron faces parliamentary elections in just three weeks. Macron’s party and its allies need a majority in National Assembly to enact his agenda, with the president trying to appeal to both left-wing and conservative voters.