French President Emmanuel Macron and newly appointed Prime Minister Gabriel Attal are collaborating to form a new cabinet, a move aimed at injecting fresh energy into Macron’s second term. Attal, a 34-year-old media-savvy loyalist, has vowed to swiftly address the challenges faced by the middle class amid rising living costs, indicating Macron’s intent to shift focus from divisive reforms.
While details about the new cabinet are limited, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin expressed confidence in retaining his position. Attal and Darmanin are scheduled to visit a town in the Paris region, emphasising their commitment to addressing various issues, including security for the upcoming Paris Olympics.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, a stable figure in his role for seven years, has also signalled his desire to stay on, presenting his plans for the year. There is an expectation that Le Maire will continue in his position, providing a sense of stability for the president.
Emmanuel Moulin, a close ally of Macron’s chief of staff, Alexis Kohler, is set to become Attal’s chief of staff, indicating continued presidential oversight. The reshuffle could intensify the race within Macron’s camp for the next presidential election in 2027, with potential candidates including former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Gérald Darmanin, Bruno Le Maire, and the rising star Gabriel Attal.
Attal’s appointment suggests Macron’s interest in promoting a “Macron generation” of younger politicians, potentially paving the way for a political reset and improved prospects in the upcoming European Parliament elections. However, the specific timing of the cabinet formation remains unclear.
Widespread public discontent over rising living costs and past pension reforms has impacted Macron’s popularity and the electoral standing of his party. Attal, known for his communication skills and popularity, aims to address these challenges and contribute to Macron’s political rejuvenation.