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‘Macron abolishes the diplomatic corps’, storm in Paris

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(ANSA) – PARIS, MAY 31 – Poisons, protests and strike in sight at the Quai d’Orsay, the foreign ministry of France, where diplomats and personnel are called to cross their arms on 2 June against the disputed reform of high administration public commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron which they define as “a brutal suppression of the French diplomatic corps”. A very rare fact in the usually discreet and muffled world of the Paris Foreign Ministry, which went on strike only once in its bicentennial history, in 2003.

In the crosshairs, there is the reform of the high civil service made by Macron in April. Now published in the Official Gazette, the reform creates a new body of state officials no longer dependent on a specific public administration but, on the contrary, called to change positions regularly during their careers in the service of the République.

In essence, a distortion that will allow greater flexibility in the appointment of ambassadors that many do not like. For the diplomats – around 700 directly involved – this translates into the merger, by 2023, of two historical bodies of French diplomacy: plenipotentiary ministers (including ambassadors) and advisers for foreign affairs. Not even the recent appointment of a career diplomat, Catherine Colonna, to head the ministry has managed to placate the spirits. (HANDLE).

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