Ex-conservatives rise to prominence in new Macron government

Financial Post | Jul 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM
  • France’s reappointed Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire promised on Tuesday a company-focused recovery plan to reboot the economy, but said he would not lose control over spending in a new government that sees conservatives gaining in influence.
  • On Monday, he let go of several former Socialist ministers, while promoting others from conservative ranks.
  • Gerald Darmanin, a 37-year-old close friend of former conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, took over the interior ministry, a powerful administration that oversees the police, counterintelligence and religious matters.