The list of new French ministers has been revealed with some staying in their existing posts and other newcomers coming into the government.
The ministers will work alongside new prime minister Élisabeth Borne who was appointed by President Emmanuel Macron on Monday. She is France’s second-ever female prime minister.
One new appointment to the government is Catherine Colonna, 66, who takes on the role of foreign affairs and Europe minister. She was until now serving as the French ambassador to the UK.
She has had a long career in politics and diplomacy, having previously served as ambassador to Italy as well as serving almost 10 years as former French President Jacques Chirac’s spokesperson, between 1995 and 2004.
She took up the role of UK ambassador in 2019, shortly before the UK officially left the EU.
In her time in the position she had to manage several fraught topics linked to Brexit such as disputes between France and the UK over fishing licences.
This was my last tweet as ambassador to the . I wanted to thank everyone who understood we are friends of this country & will keep working for a better future. Heartfelt thanks for your warm welcome and best wishes to all, starting with my brilliant team @FranceintheUK https://t.co/yv61bYhAy8— Catherine Colonna (@AmbColonna) May 20, 2022
New French government:— François Heisbourg (@FHeisbourg) May 20, 2022
Catherine Colonna as ForMin means that Macron remains in full Jupiterian control on foreign policy. Ditto for armed forces (under Lecornu, former overseas minister) @CBeaune 's promotion as Europe minister confirms EU reform as keystone of Macron's vision
One of the big surprises of the announcement was the nomination of Pap Ndiaye to the role of education minister. The 56-year-old historian is known as an expert on French and US minority rights issues.
He was, prior to the appointment, head of the Paris exhibition hall the Palais de la Porte Dorée, which houses the Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration.
The appointment is a contrast to France’s previous education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, who was right-wing and spoke often against so-called “left-wing wokism”.
Pap Ndiaye has just been appointed minister of education. He is a French historian who has worked on transnational philosophies of race that draw both from American and French political thought. It is a masterstroke for Macron. #remaniement https://t.co/rBbH73RFAz— Philippe Marlière (@PhMarliere) May 20, 2022
The appointment of a black historian, Pap Ndiaye, as education minister in the new French government has provoked a rapid expulsion of toys from prams by Marine Le Pen, Eric Zemmour and others on the French Right and Far Right. Racist? Not them. 1/2— John Lichfield (@john_lichfield) May 20, 2022
Elsewhere, Clement Beaune has now become the Minister for Europe and will work alongside Ms Colonna on Europe-related affairs. Before he had the lower ranked title of Secretary of State for Europe, something akin to the UK title of junior minister. Some experts have suggested that this showcases President Macron’s greater emphasis on Europe as a key policy area.
Le Drian also had Europe in his title. The answer to your question is very clear: Clément Beaune will do Europe and his job upgrade underscores that. And Macron will do foreign policy. https://t.co/IBLTay6RMb— François Heisbourg (@FHeisbourg) May 20, 2022
List of France's new government
Ecological transition and territorial cohesion: Amélie de Montchalin
Economy and finance: Bruno Le Maire (unchanged)
Interior: Gérald Darmanin (unchanged)
Justice: Eric Dupont-Moretti, who is currently under investigation for possible conflicts of interest (unchanged)
Health: Brigitte Bourguignon
Equality Between Women and Men, Diversity and Equality of Opportunities:Isabelle Rome
European affairs: Clément Beaune
Europe and Foreign Affairs: Catherine Colonna (formerly French ambassador to the UK)
Culture: Rima Abdul Malak
Overseas Territories: Yaël Braun-Pivet
Transformation and the Civil Service: Stanislas Guérini
Agriculture and Food Security: Marc Fesneau
Higher Education and Research: Sylvie Retailleau
Solidarity, Autonomy and Disabled people: Damien Abad
Labour: Olivier Dussopt
Army: Sébastien Lecornu
National Education and Youth: Pap Ndiaye
Sport and Olympic and Paralympic Games: Amélie Oudéa-Castera, currently the director general of the Fédération française de tennis
Other appointments (not ministers)
Relations Between Parliament and Democratic Affairs: Olivier Véran (former health minister)
Minister Delegate for Public Accounts: Gabriel Attal (formerly government spokesperson)
Government spokesperson: Olivia Grégoire
Former French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, a hugely popular political figure who is now the mayor of Havre, is not part of the new government, a fact he has previously said he is quite happy with.
President Macron and Ms Borne will on Monday (May 23) lead the first weekly Conseil des ministres with new ministers.