Financial Times: Macron unveils new cabinet in long-awaited reshuffle

French President Emmanuel Macron © Reuters

Overhaul prompted by string of high profile resignations French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron finally launched a long-awaited reshuffle on Tuesday morning, appointing longtime supporter Christophe Castaner as the country’s new interior minister.

The reshuffle follows the resignation two weeks ago of Gérard Collomb, an early supporter of Mr Macron and the third minister to quit the government in as many months.

The departure deepened a sense of crisis around Mr Macron, with the French president suffering from falling approval ratings and accusations that he is out of touch with average voters.

Mr Castaner, who was the leader of Mr Macron’s En Marche party, takes one of the most visible jobs in the French government.

Mr Macron also replaced his agriculture and cultural ministers but other big names in the Macron government, such as prime minister Edouard Philippe, finance minister Bruno Le Maire and foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian kept their jobs.

These latest changes come after a similar reshuffle in September that saw Mr Macron appoint a new environment minister following the surprise departure of the popular Nicolas Hulot, a former television personality and longtime environmental campaigner — a blow to the government’s green credentials.

Mr Macron had also appointed Roxana Maracineanu as sports minister after her predecessor Laura Flessel resigned for “personal reasons”.