Roselyne Bachelot is Frances new culture minister

Roselyne Bachelot MEDEF

Frances new prime minister, Jean Castex, has nominated a new culture minister, Roselyne Bachelot, in today's cabinet reshuffle. Bachelot replaces Franck Riester, who is now in charge of foreign trade at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

A centre-right politician, Castex was appointed as prime minister by President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, following Édouard Philippes resignation. It was widely speculated that Riester, who was criticised for inadequately supporting the culture sector during the Covid-19 crisis, would be among those losing their jobs.

Bachelot, 73, is returning to politics after eight years working as a commentator in radio and television. Prior to that, she served as the minister of ecology and sustainable development under former President Jacques Chirac, then as health minister and minister of social cohesion under President Nicolas Sarkozy, always in rightwing governments.

As health minister, she ordered large quantities of vaccinations and masks in 2010 in the combat against the H1N1 bird flu that were not used and destroyed. Her precautionary approach, which was lambasted ten years ago, has been looked on more favourably during the current pandemic. This is believed to have contributed towards her nomination as culture minister, along with the fact that she shares a passion for opera with Castex.

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