Elisabeth Borne has been appointed as France’s new Prime Minister, the second woman to hold this position after Edith Cresson who was appointed to the prime ministerial post by President François Mitterrand on 15 May 1991.
During her very short inaugural speech, Borne referred to the woman’s position in society and wanted to give inspiration to the younger generation:
“I am indeed very moved tonight and I cannot avoid thinking of the first woman who has held this position, Edith Cresson.
And maybe I would like to dedicate this appointment to all the young girls, by telling them: ‘pursue your dreams until the very end’.
Nothing should stop the fight for the position of women in our society. So you can count on me to continue down this road, in the name of the girls that are in front of us.”
Borne is an engineer, having studied at the École polytechnique and the ‘Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Collège des ingénieurs. She was first appointed as the minister of transport in 2017, before becoming minister of ecological and inclusive transition in 2019. She became minister of labor, employment and economic inclusion, in July 2020.