Édouard Philippe and new PM Jean Castex. Screenshot from YouTube
Macron’s party faced with ‘a genuine Berezina’
The biggest news in France is the collapse of President Macron’s party at local level, failing to conquer or keep a single large city during the municipal elections. One newspaper deemed this “a genuine Berezina” for the president.
Women now lead exactly half of France’s 10 largest cities, French daily Le Monde also reported. This points to the feminization of elite institutions in general.
And barely appointed after a cabinet shuffle, the new French Prime Minister Jean Castex is already controversial – at least according to feminists.
In 2017, in the middle of the presidential campaign, Emmanuel Macron had expressed his wish to see, one day, a woman in Matignon. But on Friday, July 3, the French president however preferred to appoint a man to succeed Edouard Philippe.
His choice immediately caused a wave of dissatisfaction from many feminists. “What a joke this president is,” the feminist activist Caroline de Haas complained. “A woman was not available,” said feminist Aude Rossigneux.
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