Élisabeth Borne was appointed prime minister of France by President Emmanuel Macron today 16 May 2022. She is the first woman to hold the position in over 30 years. She replaced Jean Castex who resigned on the latter date.
She will seek to make a greater impact than France’s first female prime minister, Edith Cresson, who lasted less than a year under President Francois Mitterrand.
At the transition of power ceremony, Castex called Borne “Madame la Premiere Ministre” with a broad smile, before warning:
“The role [of prime minister] is not exempted from public exposure and criticism, dear Elisabeth, people even say that’s what it had been created for,” Castex said of what the French often refer to as the “job from hell,” working to implement plans on behalf of an ever-present president.