Here are five things to know about France’s new head of government.1. He has worked at the ElyséeCastex carries the classic profile of a French high-level public servant, having attended the elite national school of public administration from which Macron also graduated alongside most of the top political class.Castex was an adviser on social affairs in former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s cabinet, before becoming deputy secretary-general of the Elysée in 2011, a key post that Macron himself occupied.The new prime minister started his political career with conservative heavyweight Xavier Bertrand, first as his head of cabinet at the health ministry and later in the labor ministry in the 2000s.2. He has experience in health crisis managementCastex had the difficult task of coordinating the easing of lockdown in France, which earned him the nickname “Monsieur Déconfinement.” He is considered to have performed well and reportedly won internal battles against government members with whom he didn’t see eye-to-eye.The new prime minister previously dealt with another major health crisis when he was working at the health ministry as chief of staff in 2006. Former union leader Jean-Claude Mailly, of Force Ouvrière, once described Castex as “someone you can talk to, who is not big-headed.””He’s a real Swiss Army knife, he has connections everywhere and knows how to do the right thing in the right place,” Franck Louvrier, Sarkozy’s former adviser, told Le Point.Still, the new prime minister and his predecessor have very similar profiles — they’re both conservative politicians from the same generation, little known to a wider public before their nomination. That will undoubtedly raise questions about Macron’s past pledges to nominate more diverse profiles (say, a woman).5. He’s into rugby and historyCastex has a typical accent from southwestern France, where his grandfather also held official positions. A father of four daughters, he considers Catalan culture a significant influence in his life.His father Claude was the president of a rugby club and Jean Castex often went to games when he was young. “He was a regular supporter. He was never a great sportsman, but when he was young he played a lot of tennis,” his father told local newspaper Sud-Ouest in 2010.The politician also has a BA in history and published a book about the history of the railway line between Perpignan and Villefranche. Also On POLITICO Picking low-profile French PM, Macron bets big on himself By Rym Momtaz 5 French election takeaways as Greens win, Macron stumbles By Rym Momtaz and Elisa Braun “He is the one who put in place the pandemic plan during the avian flu crisis and the doctrine on state stockpiles of masks. In other words, he knows what he’s talking about!” his former boss Bertrand told Le Parisien.3. He wasn’t in the Macron clubCastex was first approached by Macron after the election in 2017 when the French president offered him the position of delegate to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Macron and Edouard Philippe, who Castex is replacing, also thought of him in 2018 to run the very sensitive interior ministry, Le Monde reported. But this proposal didn’t have the support of Macron’s own party, who saw him as too close to Sarkozy and opposed his nomination.According to Le Figaro, Castex left his conservative party Les Républicains last week.4. He is Philippe but better (or so the Elysée thinks)Castex has qualities that were seen as missing in Philippe, including an ability to reach out across the political aisle.Crucially, he reportedly has a good working relationship with leading French unions, whose relations with the Elysée have been tense since Macron put a controversial pension reform top of his agenda. PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Jean Castex as his new prime minister on Friday — and you’ll be forgiven if you’ve never heard of him.Castex, the conservative mayor of a small town in southern France, made his political career in the shadows of higher-profile politicians. He moved into a more public role as the senior official in charge of handling the government’s plan for exiting the coronavirus lockdown until early June.An experienced civil servant and skilled political operative, Castex has never held an executive position at national level before.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland is carrying out investigations into a fire which appears to have started in a shed at a house in Scott Street in Kelloholm in the early hours of Tuesday 15 August 2017. Just after 0100 hours a passer-by noticed the blaze and raised the alarm and the fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service. The shed was destroyed and damage has been caused to the nearby house.Constable Alan Steel at Sanquhar said “we understand the householder was not at home at the time of this fire. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area around Scott Street in the early hours of this morning. Anyone with any information which might help us in this enquiry is asked to call us at Sanquhar on the 101 number.”ENDSGraeme Wellburn15.08.17
The DOT warns of road closures, short delays, and traffic stops. They’re asking motorists to be prepared to stop and watch for maintenance equipment on the roadway. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 10am-3pm.England: “Reminder to drive for conditions at all times, sanding and plow trucks will be on the roadways. Keep in mind that 511 is updated as often as possible, but driving conditions can change fast and rapidly.” Shelly England with the Department of Transportation: “We do have a few areas of avalanche mitigation work today on the Seward Highway, expect delays. Don’t forget to check 511 before you travel for specific areas of work.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State Department of Transportation says Avalanche Hazard Reduction work will be performed on the Seward Highway on Friday in two seperate stretches of roadway, MP 21-23, near Moose Pass, and MP 90-99 near Girdwood. Any additional details will be posted as they are made available. Check 511.alaska.gov or call 511 for more information.