Castex in 2020
|Prime Minister of France|
|Assumed office |
3 July 2020
|Preceded by||Édouard Philippe|
|President of Conflent Canigó (Community of Communes)|
7 January 2015 – 3 July 2020
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Louis Jallat|
|Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency|
28 February 2011 – 15 May 2012
|Preceded by||Xavier Musca|
|Succeeded by||Emmanuel Macron|
|Mayor of Prades|
18 March 2008 – 3 July 2020
|Preceded by||Jean-François Denis|
|Succeeded by||Yves Delcor (interim)|
|Born||25 June 1965|
|Political party||UMP (until 2015)|
|Alma mater||University of Toulouse 2|
École nationale d'administration
Early life and education
Castex attended Sciences Po, graduating in 1986, before pursuing further studies at the École nationale d'administration (ENA's "Victor Hugo" Class of 1991), before joining the Court of Audit becoming one of France's senior civil servants.
Elected in 2008 as Mayor of Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, from 2010 until 2011, Castex served under Health Minister Xavier Bertrand as Chief of Staff in François Fillon's ministry. He succeeding Raymond Soubie as Secretary-General of the Élysée under President Nicolas Sarkozy between 2011 and 2012. In the UMP 2012 leadership primaries, he endorsed Fillon.
In September 2017, Castex was appointed interdepartmental delegate to the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics; he was also appointed as President of the National Sports Agency. On 2 April 2020, he was appointed coordinator of the phasing out of the lockdown (confinement) implemented in France during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Castex was a member of The Republicans until early 2020, where he was regarded as being socially conservative. Following Édouard Philippe's resignation on 3 July 2020, Castex was appointed Prime Minister by President Emmanuel Macron. Castex subsequently named his government on 6 July.
A fluent Catalan speaker, Castex is regarded a defender of the Catalan identity in Southern France and other regional sensibilities. He is also friends with the ex-trades union leader Jean-Claude Mailly and the physician Patrick Pelloux, a former columnist at Charlie Hebdo.
|Ribbon bar||Honour||Date and comment|
|Chevalier of the Legion of Honour||2020|
|Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit||2020 (ex officio)|
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- "Le Premier ministre français, défenseur de l'identité catalane". Equinox (in French). 2020-07-03. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
| Mayor of Prades
| Deputy Secretary General of the
Presidency of the Republic
|New office|| President of the Community of communes
| Prime Minister of France
|Order of precedence|
as President of the Republic
| Order of precedence in France
as Prime Minister
as President of the Senate