Macron Knows Who Will Be Next Prime Minister But Won’t Say Now

"We have the right to have ideas, but we have to do things in order," he added, without going any further. So far, the president has only promised that the new prime minister will be "social, environmental, and productive."

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Macron Knows Who Will Be Next Prime Minister But Won't Say Now.

President Macron’s decision on who becomes the next Prime Minister has been made, but it is too soon to share it. While those close to him stated again last week that the Head of State had “not approached or offered the position of Prime Minister to anyone,” he appears to have made his choice this time.

Emmanuel Macron travelled to Berlin for his first international trip since his re-election, following a midday speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “Do you know who will be the Prime Minister attending the next Franco-German Council of Ministers?” a journalist inquired.

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“Yes, but not here or now,” he said during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

“We have the right to have ideas, but we have to do things in order,” he added, without going any further. So far, the president has only promised that the new prime minister will be “social, environmental, and productive.”

Current Prime Minister Jean Castex will serve until the end of Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term, which ends this Friday evening. This Franco-German summit will take place in less than two months, “in the first half of July.”

Casting is not as simple as it appears. Elisabeth Borne, the Minister of Labour, is the most frequently cited. “She checks all the boxes.” But does it send a political message?” AFP asked a government official. Another observes that this scenario has “become so insistent” that it appears less and less likely.

“Those to whom we gave large portfolios, such as Barbara Pompili (Ecological Transition), Elisabeth Borne or Florence Parly (Armies) remained quite discreet”, another counterpart said.

When contacted the day after the second round, Véronique Bédague, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Manuel Valls and now CEO of the real estate group Nexity did not follow up, according to information confirmed by the Parisian to AFP.

Christelle Morançais (Les Républicains), the president of the Pays de la Loire region, is also pronounced. However, a minister told AFP, “I don’t believe it at all.”

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Catherine Vautrin, former Minister of Social Cohesion under Jacques Chirac and president of the Greater Reims urban community, is also mentioned. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (“NKM”), Nicolas Sarkozy’s former Ecology Minister.

According to Emmanuel Rivière, director of political studies at the Kantar Institute, the Prime Minister will also need to bring “a little appeasement” to compensate for the image of Emmanuel Macron, who is often considered “too little to listen to and sometimes contemptuous.”

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