Gabriel Attal assumed role of the youngest Prime Minister of France as Macron seeks to restore his popularity.

Emmanuel Macron has appointed Gabriel Attal, France’s youngest prime minister in modern times, in a bid to rejuvenate his challenging second term as president and prevent any potential gains for the far right in the upcoming European elections in June.
Attal, who, at 34 years old, served as education minister, is often referred to as a “baby Macron” due to his ambition, strong media presence, and centrist politics. He is widely recognized as the most prominent figure in President Macron’s inner circle of young politicians.
During his tenure as education minister, Attal gained popularity by taking a firm stance on authority and secularism. He rose in opinion polls, becoming the most favored minister in the government. His policies included banning girls from wearing abayas in state schools and exploring the implementation of school uniforms.
Macron expressed his belief that Attal’s energy and dedication would help revive the spirit of 2017, the year of Macron’s initial election when he pledged to revolutionize French politics. Since 2022, Macron’s second term has been marked by turbulence in a divided parliament, following his loss of an absolute majority in the elections soon after his re-election as president.
Attal, who has also held the position of budget minister, gained public recognition during the Covid pandemic as the government spokesperson. He is considered a skilled communicator and has demonstrated his ability to debate fiercely against the far right, while maintaining a calm and composed demeanor. Attal believes it is essential to connect with people on an emotional level and received support for speaking out about his experiences of bullying in school.
In addition to his political accomplishments, Attal has made history as France’s first openly gay prime minister. He is in a civil partnership with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European parliament representing Macron’s Renaissance party.
Although Attal previously belonged to the centrist wing of the Socialist party, he left in his twenties to support Macron’s centrist movement in 2017. As a defender of centrist politics in France, he has recently reached out to members of parliament from the right-wing Les Républicains party, as their support often proves pivotal in passing legislation.
Macron’s decision to replace former prime minister Élisabeth Borne and reshuffle the government is not seen as a radical political shift. Sylvain Maillard, the head of Macron’s Renaissance party in parliament, expressed confidence that Attal would faithfully advance Macron’s vision for the country.
This move by the president aims to move beyond a challenging year, marked by unpopular pension reforms and a controversial immigration law that divided Macron’s party and was viewed by some as a triumph for Marine Le Pen and the radicalized right.
It also serves as an effort to enhance the prospects of Macron’s centrist party in the June EU elections, where they currently trail behind Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally (RN) party.
Jordan Bardella, the president of RN and a prominent figure leading the European election campaign, often engaged in heated TV debates with Attal. Bardella argues that Macron is merely trying to benefit from Attal’s popularity in the polls to mitigate the perceived sense of endless decline.

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