One month after his appointment by the President of the Republic, France’s new Prime Minister has completed the formation of his government.
Gabriel Attal. Appointed Marie Guévenoux as Minister Delegate for Overseas France. She replaces Denis Vigier, who will only have been in office for… six months.
Marie Guévenoux will be responsible for the various French overseas territories. The French overseas territories have a population of 2.6 million. There are twelve territories located in the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Antarctic oceans. These are: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the French Southern and Antarctic Lands and the islands of Wallis and Futuna.
This represents 11 million km² of exclusive economic zone and maritime areas. France is the world’s second largest maritime power.
Gérald Darmanin in charge
This appointment will not change much for New Caledonia. In reality, Marie Guévenoux will have little to do with New Caledonia. The New Caledonian dossier will be managed by her responsible minister, Gerald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories. In particular, he is in charge of the political aspect of the negotiations between the pro-independence and non-independence parties to decide on the future of the institutions. Bruno Lemaire, Gabriel Attal’s Minister for the Economy, is looking after the general aspects and the nickel crisis in particular.
Marie Guévenoux will have to learn quickly about the specific political, economic and cultural features of France’s overseas territories…
Photo: Marie Guévenoux, a former member of the French National Assembly, is 47 years old.