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New government: Bruno Le Maire expands his portfolio with digital sovereignty

The composition of the government of Prime Minister Elisabeth Born was announced on Friday by Secretary General of the Elysee Palace Alexis Kohler. Number two in the government of Bruno Le Maire, who retained the post of Minister of Economy, received industrial and digital sovereignty.

The last time the digital was directly attached to the Ministry of Economy in the second government of Manuel Valls. The position was then held by a certain Emmanuel Macron. The new name of the ministry reflects the importance of digital sovereignty in the economic debate in France and Europe.

No secretary of state attached to the economy minister – at least not yet – has been put in charge of digital technology. But new appointments may come after legislative elections. The first meeting of the Council of Ministers will take place on Monday, 23 May.

“The Power of Bercy”

In the government of Jean Casex, it was Cedric O who held the State Secretariat for Digital Technologies. The latter, who announced his intention to return to the private sector, left the government. In an interview with BFMTV, Cédric Oh returned to his assessment, which he considers “very positive” despite “largely incomplete elements”. In this interview, he specifically stated: “I think that a digital minister, separated from the economy and without an administration, is a minister without power. You need Bersi’s power. You can even imagine that digital depends on the prime minister.”

The former secretary of state, in particular, notes that it is necessary to continue working on French Tech, intensify efforts related to the inclusion of digital technologies, since “the path is very long”, and catch up in the sovereign cloud. This is just a glimpse of the digital projects awaiting the new government.

Among them is the training and shortage of digital specialists, all the issues related to digital sovereignty, regulation, the completion of the coverage of the territory with fiber optic cable, the sea serpent of teaching school computer code and cybersecurity.

Composition of the government of Elizabeth Bourne

Ministers

  • Foreign Affairs and Europe: Katherine Colonna

  • European Affairs: Clément Bon

  • Agriculture and Food Sovereignty: Marc Fenot

  • Army: Sebastien Lecornu

  • Budget: Gabriel Attal

  • Foreign trade: Frank Riester

  • Culture: Rima Abdul-Malak

  • Economics, finance, industrial and digital sovereignty: Bruno Le Maire

  • National Education and Youth: Pap Ndiaye

  • Higher Education, Research and Innovation: Sylvie Retaio

  • Interior: Gerald Darmanin

  • Justice: Eric Dupont-Moretti

  • Abroad: Yael Brown-Pivé

  • Health and Prevention: Bridget Bourguignon

  • Solidarity, autonomy and people with disabilities: Damien Abad

  • Sports and the Olympics: Amelie Oudea-Castera

  • Transformation and Public Service: Stanislas Guerini

  • Ecological transition and territorial cohesion: Amélie de Montchalin

  • Energy Transition: Agnes Pannier-Runache

  • Work, full time, integration: Olivier Dussaud

Delegate Ministers

  • Local Authorities: Christophe Bechou

  • Public accounts: Gabriel Attal

  • Equality between women and men, diversity and equal opportunity: Isabelle Rome

  • Relations with Parliament and Democratic Life: Olivier Veran

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