Gabriel Attal Appointed France’s Youngest Prime Minister in a Historic Move by Macron

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In a striking development in French politics, President Emmanuel Macron has announced Gabriel Attal as France’s new Prime Minister. At just 34 years old, Attal shatters the record for being the youngest Prime Minister in the country’s modern history, surpassing the previous record held by Laurent Fabius who took office at the age of 37 in 1984.

Gabriel Attal, the outgoing Education Minister, takes over from Élisabeth Borne, who faced challenges during her 20-month tenure, notably grappling with the absence of a parliamentary majority. Attal’s appointment is seen as a strategic move by President Macron to rejuvenate his presidency and steer the new government ahead of the crucial European Parliament elections in June.

A decade ago, Attal was a relatively unknown figure, serving as an adviser in the health ministry and as a member of the Socialist Party. His political ascent has been meteoric, marking him as a prominent figure in Macron’s team.

Notably, Attal will also be the first openly gay individual to occupy the Hôtel Matignon, the official residence of the French Prime Minister. He is in a civil partnership with Stéphane Sejourné, another influential figure in Macron’s circle and a Member of the European Parliament.

President Macron, in his message welcoming Attal, highlighted his trust in the new Prime Minister’s energy and commitment. “I know I can count on your energy and your commitment to implement the project of revitalisation and regeneration that I announced,” Macron stated on social media, underscoring his confidence in Attal’s ability to lead France through its next political phase.

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