(ANSA) – PARIS, MAY 16 – “I dedicate this appointment to all the girls. To tell them ‘make your dreams come true’, so that nothing stops the battle for the place of women in our society”: these were the first words of Elisabeth Borne, newly appointed French premier, in the handover ceremony with the outgoing premier, Jean Castex.
Great affection between the two, and long applause from all the staff of Palazzo Matignon for Castex, at the farewell step: “I’m really excited tonight, and I have a thought for the first woman who has occupied these functions: Edith Cresson” said la Borne. In her first speech, the new premier mentioned two of her priorities, the “international situation” and the “climate and ecological challenge”.
In his farewell speech, Castex – who traditionally left Palazzo Matignon on foot – recalled the health crisis, the beheading of Professor Samuel Paty by an Islamist but also “the silent majority of our fellow citizens, that we must be careful never to forget “.
He then confirmed his “exit from national political life” and wished Borne the best of wishes, addressing her with visible affection: “I will be by your side if you want”. (HANDLE).