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Jean Castex will still be Prime Minister this weekend

Jacques Serais

Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term will officially end tonight at midnight. According to Matignon, Jean Castex still remains Prime Minister this weekend and will travel to the Vatican. The suspense still hovers around the name of the next Prime Minister, who will probably be revealed on Monday.

Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term officially ends tonight at midnight. If the government remains in office until that date, the new Prime Minister will not be appointed this weekend, according to Matignon.

Jean Castex visiting the Vatican

Indeed, Jean Castex will go to the Vatican on Sunday as Prime Minister. He will meet Pope Francis before attending the canonization ceremony of ten Blesseds, including three Frenchmen: Charles de Foucauld, César de Bus and Marie Rivier.

The Prime Minister will therefore not announce his resignation by this weekend. The resignation will not take place before his return to Paris on Sunday evening. Nevertheless, the President of the Republic has put his Prime Minister in the confidence. Jean Castex knows who will succeed him. He is now waiting for Emmanuel Macron to authorize him to resign. It will certainly take place on Monday.

Will Elisabeth Borne be the next Prime Minister?

In the meantime, nothing or almost nothing filters from the Palace. However, everything indicates that a woman should be appointed to Matignon. Several names circulate in Macronie, such as Audrey Azoulay, the director general of Unesco or even that of Catherine Vautrin, president of Greater Reims and figure of the Republicans.

But it is Elisabeth Borne, the current Minister of Labour, Employment and Integration, who is the favorite. “A woman labeled on the left who does not scare the right”, analyzes an adviser. Elisabeth Borne, former Minister of Transport, then of Ecology and finally of Labour, has been a minister since the very first government of the Macron era.

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