Macron reshuffles cabinet

Former Socialist MP Christophe Castaner will now take up the key position of interior minister as President Emmanuel Macron of France reshuffled his government on Tuesday after two weeks of fevered speculation about the changes

The new change was forced by the unexpected resignation of former interior minister Gerard Collomb on October 2, a major blow to Macron as the 40-year-old head of state struggles with record low polling figures.

Castaner is one of the main figures in Macron’s inner circle, having backed him from the early stages of his campaign for the presidency, and currently serves as head of Macron’s party, the Republic on the Move (LREM).

Macron will hope the reshaped government — which includes new faces at the culture, agriculture, and the so-called “social cohesion” ministries — will signal a fresh start after a torrid few months.

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