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Defeated in the legislative elections, ex-minister Amélie de Montchalin appointed ambassador to the OECD – RT in French

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Former minister Amélie de Montchalin has been appointed ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to the report of the Council of Ministers. A pinned nomination.

Defeated in the legislative elections in Essonne last June by the Nupes candidate Jérôme Guedj, the former Secretary of State for European Affairs (2019-2020), Minister of the Public Service (2020-2022) then of Ecological Transition (May 2022-July 2022), Amélie de Montchalin, was appointed this November 23 by the Council of Ministers “ambassador, permanent representative of France” to the OECD.

After her defeat, the 37-year-old former MP, an activist in the presidential Renaissance party, had to leave the government, in accordance with an unwritten rule formulated by President Emmanuel Macron.

The CFTC union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs estimated in a press release that the appointment of Amélie de Montchalin “was part of the perpetuation of a form of annuity – that of appointing former ministers to it – that its reforms claimed to restore. in question”, in particular that for the transformation of the senior civil service. The union thus joked about “a personality particularly committed since 2019 to the suppression of professional diplomacy in our country”.

The deputy of La France insoumise Thomas Portes notes: “The Republic of friends, episode 8757.” “On the one hand, it lowers unemployment benefits, on the other, it relocates his friends. Government of shame at the service of the rich”, he adds.

The Secretary General of Renaissance Stéphane Séjourné, for his part, welcomed this appointment in a press release and indicated that at the request of Amélie de Montchalin, he was ending his functions, within the party, as Deputy Secretary General in charge of External Relations. , although it will remain a member.

Serial recasements in the macronie

The reconversions of former ministers have multiplied in recent weeks. President Emmanuel Macron thus chose his former Prime Minister Jean Castex at the end of October to become Chairman and CEO of the RATP, after a “compatibility opinion with reservations” from the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life (HATVP).

In notices published on November 23, the HATVP also validated the reconversions of former ministers Muriel Pénicaud (Labour), to enter the board of directors of ManpowerGroup, Florence Parly (Armies), Sophie Cluzel (Handicap) and Elisabeth Moreno ( Equality) for consulting activities.

On November 17, Christophe Castaner was appointed by Emmanuel Macron to the presidency of the supervisory board of the port of Marseille as well as that of the board of directors of the ATMB concessionaire for the Mont-Blanc tunnel.

The senior civil servant Didier Lallement, who had left his post as Paris police prefect in July, had for his part been appointed by Elisabeth Borne secretary general of the Sea, at the end of the Council of Ministers of September 26.



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