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France’s Macron Appoints First Woman Prime Minister in Three Decades

President Emmanuel Macron of France has appointed Élisabeth Borne as prime minister, elevating the first woman in decades to helm a French government and lead his party’s charge in the coming parliamentary elections.

The choice of Ms. Borne—a 61-year-old technocrat who previously served as Mr. Macron’s labor minister—shows the pro-business president is tacking leftward before voters head to the polls in mid-June to elect members of the National Assembly. Ms. Borne was once chief of staff to Ségolène Royal, a Socialist Party heavyweight who mounted a high-profile yet unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2007.

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