34-year-old Gabriel Attal becomes France’s youngest Prime Minister

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Gabriel Attal emerges youngest French prime minister

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday appointed a 34-year-old Gabriel Attal as the country’s new Prime Minister.

Attal, the country’s education minister, replaced Elisabeth Borne, who stepped down from the position on Monday.

The appointment is expected to breathe new life into Macron’s second mandate ahead of the June European parliament elections.

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The move will not necessarily lead to any major political shift but signals a desire for Macron to try to move beyond last year’s unpopular pension and immigration reforms and improve his centrist party’s chances on the ballot. Attal, a close ally of the president, became a household name as a government spokesman during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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