Macron reshuffles cabinet after ministerial resignations
French President Emmanuel Macron has reshuffled his cabinet, appointing a loyalist and the head of his ruling party as interior minister, among other changes.
Macron on Tuesday announced the new cabinet, with Christophe Castaner replacing Gerard Collomb — whose resignation earlier this month prompted the reshuffle — as interior minister.
Collomb’s resignation on October 2, which followed that of popular environment minister Nicolas Hulot in August, was considered another blow to Macron amid a drop in his approval rating over a scandal involving misbehavior by a close aide, several verbal gaffes, and disappointing economic data.
The reshuffle, which mostly targeted relatively less high-profile positions, was seen as an attempt to straighten things up.
The French president retained the prime minister, foreign, and economy ministers in their posts.
He named Didier Guillaume, a former Socialist, as agriculture minister, replacing Stephane Travert; and Franck Riester, a former center-right Republicans lawmaker, was named culture minister to succeed Francoise Nyssen.
An official in Macron’s office described the new cabinet as “dynamic,” saying, “We have both incoming names with a reputation in their areas of expertise, which will strengthen the government’s efficiency, and others who have a broader profile.”
The reshuffle, which was expected to be announced last week, was delayed amid reports of increasing opposition to Macron’s policies and methods and his purported incapability to convince big names to join his team.