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Gabriel Attal, Openly Gay Education Minister, Appointed Youngest Prime Minister After Elisabeth Borne’s Ouster

January 9, 2024








In a surprising turn of events, President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Gabriel Attal, often referred to as Macron’s ‘mini-me,’ as France’s youngest-ever prime minister at the age of 34. Attal, who once aspired to be a Hollywood star, emerged as the frontrunner following the resignation of the longest-serving woman prime minister, Elisabeth Borne.

Attal, an openly gay Education Minister, is known for his political savvy and quick actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. His appointment signals a significant shift in French leadership dynamics. He replaces Borne, dubbed ‘Macron’s Iron Lady,’ in the midst of heightened tensions and widespread protests over issues like the pension age increase.

As Education Minister, Attal implemented controversial policies, including a ban on Muslim dress in schools, garnering support from the Right. Despite opposition leaders downplaying expectations for change, Attal’s popularity soared in polls, positioning him as a potential successor to Macron in the 2027 presidential race.

Attal’s personal life, including his civil union with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, adds a unique dimension to French politics. If he were to become president, Attal and Séjourné would be the first openly gay couple in the Élysée.








Despite critics labeling Attal and Macron as privileged individuals with wealth and political maneuvering in their backgrounds, Attal’s journey from a comfortable upbringing to a rising political figure is marked by experiences of discrimination, including anti-Semitism.

As the youngest prime minister, Attal faces the challenges of steering France through crises, including racial tensions, and reshaping Macron’s centrist presidency. His leadership will be closely watched, especially with the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris and European Parliament elections.

The appointment of Attal as prime minister is seen as a strategic move to rejuvenate Macron’s presidency, preventing it from becoming a ‘lame duck’ leadership. Other potential candidates for key positions in Macron’s reshuffle include Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu and Julien Denormandie.

France’s political landscape is undoubtedly evolving, and Attal’s tenure as prime minister could pave the way for significant changes in the country’s leadership dynamics and policies.”



Credit: Daily Mail

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