Macron to appoint new government spokesperson in minor reshuffle

France’s young Minister for Relations with Parliament Olivier Veran attends the opening session of the National Assembly in Paris, France, June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron will appoint former health minister Olivier Veran as the new government spokesman in a government reshuffle to be announced later on Monday, Le Monde and BFM reported. TV.

The reshuffle, which follows June elections in which Macron’s centrist alliance lost control of parliament, will leave other key roles unchanged, with Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne remaining in her post, local media said.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France Inter radio that he would also stay.

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Other nominations reported by French media show that Macron, who won a second presidential term in April, did not poach any major names from opposition parties in the reshuffle, which he has done in the past.

Macron will need support from other parties to push the bills through parliament, but the reshuffle does not appear set to include a government pact with parties beyond his centrist camp.

Veran is well known to the French public for leading France through most of the COVID-19 pandemic. Veran will replace current government spokeswoman Olivia Gregoire, who won her race for a parliamentary seat in a Paris borough.

Other new appointments will include Laurence Boone, Deputy Secretary General and Chief Economist of the OECD, who will replace Clément Beaune as European Affairs Minister, while Beaune will become the new Transport Minister, BFM reported.

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Reporting by Tassilo Hummel, writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Jane Merriman

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