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Gabriel Attal Appointed as the Youngest and First Gay PM of France

President Emanuel Macron, the golden boy of French politics, has appointed Gabriel Attal, 34, as his new Prime Minister to rejuvenate his presidency in his second mandate in the coming European Parliament elections. Attal, a close Macron ally, will replace Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne. With this, Gabriel Attal is set to become the youngest and first openly gay head of the government of France. Presently Gabriel Attal is the the ninth openly LGBT person and the youngest person to serve as the head of state or government in the world.


Attal played a pivotal role as the government’s spokesperson and the education minister. During his tenure as the education minister of the country, he put a ban on the wearing of abaya in French schools and worked towards raising awareness against ragging and bullying in schools. Abaya which is a loose-fitting garment from the shoulders to the feet, is mostly worn by Muslim girls and women.


According to Harris Interactive pollster Jean-Daniel Levy, “The Macron-Attal duo can bring a new lease of life (to the government).”


Who is Gabriel Attal?


Gabriel Attal is the son of a lawyer and film producer, Yves Attal. He grew up mostly in Paris with his three younger sisters. At the age of 17, Gabriel Attal, an openly gay, joined the Socialist Party. He entered the political arena at a very young age. In 2016, he joined Macron’s political party En Marche which was renamed La Republique En Marche. Gabriel became quite famous in public as the government’s spokesperson during the pandemic under Prime Minister Jean Castex. He was elected to the National Assembly in 2017 where he represented Hauts-de-Seine’s 10th constituency.


In 2018, Gabriel was appointed as a junior minister to the Minister of National Education and Youth, Jean-Michel Blanquer, as a result of which he became the youngest person to serve the Government of France. He was in a relationship with Stephane Sejourne who was Macron’s former political advisor which ended by 2024. Attal was appointed as the Minister of Public Action and Accounts in 2022 and the Minister of National Education and Youth in 2023. It is a spectacular trajectory where in just over a decade Attal has risen to the post of the second-highest office in France. It has been often argued that Attal’s politics in the last decade has shifted from center-left to center-right.


 


He is considered to be one of the most popular politicians in the country who has carved a name for himself with every post that he has been assigned. It is speculated that Gabriel Attal may become a potential contender to succeed Emanuel Macron in the 2027 French Presidential Election.                                                                                                                                                   


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