This Monday marked the first meeting at the Élysée for the second government of Élisabeth Borne. The new team, 19 entrants and five starters, was gathered around Emmanuel Macron this afternoon. It is a very technical reorganization, with first the replacements of the ministers who lost in the legislative elections. At the Ministry of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon gives way to emergency doctor François Braun. At the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Amélie de Montchalin is replaced by the mayor of Angers, Christophe Béchu, close to Édouard Philippe.
Surprise return of Marlène Schiappa
There are also some adjustments. Clément Beaune moves from Europe to Transport. Franck Riester becomes the new Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with Parliament. Olivier Véran becomes the new government spokesperson in place of Olivia Grégoire. The latter was appointed Minister Delegate in charge of SMEs, Trade, Crafts and Tourism. She joined the Ministry of the Economy, as did Roland Lescure, a macronie executive, who became responsible for Industry.
Note the return of Marlène Schiappa, the former Minister Delegate for Citizenship and now in charge of the Social and Solidarity Economy and Associative Life. A new government, Borne II, which respects parity, 21 men and 21 women, with Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.
No notable war prize
The political balance remains almost unchanged, even if Emmanuel Macron and Élisabeth Borne seem to have done everything to broaden their spectrum. But on the right as well as on the left, there is no notable takeover. Caroline Cayeux, LR mayor of Beauvais, or Olivier Klein, mayor of Clichy-sous-Bois, ex-socialist and ex-communist, have indeed been appointed within this government as deputy ministers, but that’s all.
However, during his first report from the Council of Ministers, Olivier Véran tried to be optimistic. According to him, the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister “have received the presidents of parties, the presidents of political groups”. Thus, “the number of calls made to various members of the left and right oppositions attests to our desire to work in concert, in consultation with the entire national representation”. And to add: “Basically, I am convinced of one thing, it is that nobody has an interest in blocking the country.”
This remains to be verified in the National Assembly: Elisabeth Borne will deliver her general policy speech there on Wednesday at 3 p.m.