42nd Government of France
|Date formed||3 July 2020|
|People and organisations|
|Prime Minister||Jean Castex|
|Status in legislature||Majority |
345 / 577 (60%)
|Election(s)||2017 legislative election|
The Castex government (French: Gouvernement Castex) is the forty-second government of the French Fifth Republic and the current cabinet of France, formed on 3 July 2020 and headed by Jean Castex as Prime Minister under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.
After three years with the same government, the 2020 French municipal elections raised the question of a new administration and led to speculations about a governmental reshuffle. The performance of President Macron's party, La République En Marche !, at these elections strengthened the rumors.
On 3 July 2020, Édouard Philippe tendered the resignation of his government to the President of the Republic. The same day, the Élysée Palace informed the press that Jean Castex, incumbent mayor of Prades, would replace him and form a new government, the third since the election of Macron.
The composition of the cabinet was announced on 6 July 2020 by Alexis Kohler, Secretary General of the Élysée Palace, with a sizeable number of ministers from the previous one retained. Among the main changes, Gérald Darmanin, previously Minister for Public Accounts, replaced at the Interior Christophe Castaner who was heavily criticized by National Police's unions following accusations of violence and racism in their ranks. However, the nomination of Darmanin was met with protests by feminist movements over accusations of rape in 2009, as well as the one of Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti for his defense as lawyer of men accused of rapes.
The new cabinet also saw the return of Roselyne Bachelot, who previously served as minister under Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, and Barbara Pompili, former Secretary of State for Biodiversity of François Hollande, while main portfolios holders, such as Jean-Yves Le Drian, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Bruno Le Maire or Florence Parly remained in office.
On 26 July, the remaining State Secretaries were appointed.
Bruno Le Maire declared to be working at relaunching the French economy while Castex said to be ready to reopen dialogue over a controversial pension reform. A plan for a new lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic is also said to be ready.
- Deputy Ministers
- State Secretaries
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