Elizabeth Borne becomes France’s first female PM in over 30 years

For the first time in 30 years, France has fielded a woman leader, Elizabeth Borne, as Prime Minister. She became the second woman to hold the post in the country. The presidential election has been conducted in France last month, as a result, the leader and second-term winner Emmanual Macron took charge of the position. The PM position has been held by Elizabeth after the former Jean Castex’s resignation. 

With this recent election, Elizabeth Borne becomes the second woman to take up the PM position. The country’s first was Édith Cresson, who served between May 1991 and April 1992 under Socialist President François Mitterand. Borne was previously the Minister of the Environment, Transport, and Labo in France ministry. 

Elizabeth after taking charge as the country’s PM will focus on the climate issues of the country and will take part in several campaigns for the country amid the scaling up of policies designed to combat climate change. Moreover, she will be entrusted with the duty to form a government in the country and this is because the country has reelected Emmanuel Macron as president again.

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Elizabeth Borne was a long-time member of the Socialist Party (PS), Borne voted for Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 French presidential election and later joined La Republique En Marche. She was born in Paris and her parents ran a pharmaceutical laboratory after the war. Borne worked as director of urban planning for the City of Paris from 2008 until 2013 and later she switched her career to politics.