On the 9th of January, 2024, Gabriel Attal, who is often viewed as a protégé of President Emmanuel Macron, made a historic stride at 34 years old, as the youngest prime minister of France under the Fifth Republic. Attal has earned himself the moniker “Baby Macron” due to his youth and centrist political ideology which he shares with Macron. That is not all he shares with Macron as they are both alumni of Klaus Schwabs Global Young Leaders.
Attal was an early supporter of Macron’s En Marche movement in 2016, and following his departure from the Socialist Party and already holds an impressive political portfolio for one so young and in just a few years. he has been a member of parliament in 2017 and a government spokesperson in 2020.
More recently, in August 2023, he was an education minister where he was said to have gained public favour through his “adept handling of the “Covid pandemic and staunch defence of secularism and authority within schools.”
Unelected, as seems to be the norm these days, Attal was selected, appointed by Macron, to take over from predecessor Élisabeth Borne after she resigned following recent political turmoil over an immigration law that critics said made too many concessions to the far right, according to France24,
Attal was in prime position as Macron wanted to show a government overhaul just in time for the Olympic Games in Paris and European parliament elections this summer, where Macron’s centrist forces risk defeat at the hands of the far-right under Marine Le Pen.”