Newly-inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron has fulfilled his first campaign promise just days after moving into the Elysée Palace: Of the 22 positions available in Macron’s new cabinet, eleven will be filled by women.
While his predecessor, François Hollande, also achieved gender balance in his cabinet when he was elected in 2012, critics were quick to point out that the most powerful roles were still assigned to men. It would appear that Macron has made a concerted effort to avoid this pitfall, appointing Sylvie Goulard as minister of defense, Agnes Buzyn as minister of health, and Muriel Pénicaud as minister of labor to name just a few.
Because Macron’s political party, La République En Marche!, is just over a year old, many of the cabinet positions assigned by Macron went to supporters and members of the center-right French Republican party. Given that no member of La République En Marche! has ever held a seat in Parliament, Macron hopes that in the upcoming June legislative elections, he will be able to assemble 577 candidates that will contest every seat. Of the 428 legislative candidates already announced, half are also women.
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