MACRON LOOKS TO TURN PAGE WITH GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE
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.