Macron’s Cabinet Reshuffle Is Finally Here

Last week, French president Emmanuel Macron revealed that he would be revamping his presidential cabinet in the wake of several high-profile resignations. Among those jumping ship were Environmental Minister Nicolas Hulot, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb, and Sports Minister Laura Flessel-Colovic.

This week, Macron announced his new cabinet, still under the direction of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe. The major result of the reshuffle? A lot of new faces, a lot of the same agenda. Many wondered if Macron would shake things up in an attempt to bolster his sinking approval ratings, but Macron has been clear about the fact that he is driven by principles, not polls. Rather than make things interesting, Macron has doubled down on his own centrist politics, filling seats primarily with members of his Republic on the Move party (like new Interior Minister Christophe Castaner) or slight-right centrists (like new Culture Minister Franck Riester).

Macron seems set on his trajectory of reform, so it doesn’t look like any French left-wingers should be getting their hopes up about a dip in their direction. But hey, at least the man’s consistent.