Paris — Gabriel Attal On Tuesday he became the youngest prime minister in Francewithin the efforts of the president, Emmanuel Macronto seek a new beginning for the rest of his mandate in the face of growing political pressure from the far right.
Macron’s office announced the appointment in a statement. Attal, 34, rose to prominence as a government spokesman and education minister. He is the first openly gay person to hold the position.
Her predecessor, Elisabeth Borne, resigned on Monday after a recent political dispute over a law immigration that strengthens the government’s ability to deport foreigners.
Macron, who was France’s youngest president when he came to power in 2017, plans to work with Attal to name a new government in the coming days, although some senior ministers are expected to remain in office.
The 46-year-old president has made a shift to the right on immigration and security issues since coming to power with a centrist campaign in 2017, especially according to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen and her National Rally, an anti-government party. Immigration and Islam have gained political influence.
Attal, a former member of the Socialist Party, joined Macron’s newly created political movement in 2016 and was government spokesperson between 2020 and 2022, a position that made him well-known to the French population. He was then named budget minister, before being named education minister in July, one of the most prestigious positions in the French government.
Attal was quick to announce a ban on long robes in classrooms that came into effect with the start of the new school year in September, arguing that the clothing worn primarily by Muslims challenged the schools’ secularism.
He also launched a plan to experiment with uniforms in some public schools, as part of efforts to shift attention away from clothing and reduce bullying.
Attal recently explained on national television station TF1 how he was bullied in middle school, which included homophobic bullying.
Opinion polls in France indicated that he was the most popular minister in Borne’s government.