MACRON LOOKS TO TURN PAGE WITH GOVERN­MENT RESHUF­FLE

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French pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s govern­ment has sought to give it­self a fresh start after a dif­fi­cult sum­mer with a lim­ited reshuf­fle that in­cluded a new in­te­rior min­is­ter. The re­struc­tur­ing comes two weeks after the sur­prise res­ig­na­tion of Ger­ard Col­lomb, who was re­spon­si­ble for polic­ing in­clud­ing the fight against ex­trem­ism. Macron named key ally Christophe Cas­taner to re­place Col­lomb. Cas­taner, 52, was formerly head­ing Macron’s party, Re­pub­lic on the Move, and was ju­nior min­is­ter in charge of par­lia­men­tary re­la­tions.

In a brief han­dover cer­e­mony at the In­te­rior Min­istry, Cas­taner said se­cu­rity is­sues re­main the govern­ment’s pri­or­ity. “I am think­ing, of course, about the fight against ter­ror­ism. I am think­ing, of course, about the day-to-day work be­ing done led by the teams from the In­te­rior Min­istry to dis­man­tle the ter­ror­ist cells and to pre­serve and to guar­an­tee once again, the safety of every­one,” he said. Four other govern­ment mem­bers were re­placed, in­clud­ing the cul­ture and agri­cul­ture min­is­ters.

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