Paris, May 16 (BNA) Centrist politician Elizabeth Bourne appointed France’s new prime minister on Monday, becoming the second woman in history to hold the position, the Associated Press reported.
Bourne, 61, succeeded Emmanuel Macron’s former labor minister, Jean Castix, who was expected to resign on Monday after Macron was re-elected last month for a second five-year term.
Bourne spoke shortly after her appointment, noting the feelings she felt upon being chosen for the highest position ever held by a woman in the French political leadership.
“I would like to dedicate this nomination to all the little girls by saying to them ‘Follow your dreams! “Nothing should stop the struggle for the status of women in our society,” she said.
Macron and Born are expected to appoint a new French government in the coming days.
Some left-wing politicians and their supporters have criticized Macron’s choice of Bourne.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of the far-left in Fairbrand, said her appointment marked a “new season of social and environmental abuse,” claiming on Twitter that her legacy amounted to a “reduction in benefits for the million unemployed.”
Born’s first task will be to ensure that Macron’s centrist party and its allies do well in France’s parliamentary elections in June.
The vote, due to be held in two rounds, will determine which group has the majority of seats in the National Assembly, which has the final say over the Senate in France’s law-making process.