Bruno Le Maire remains French finance minister as part of a reshuffle

French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire arrives to attend the last weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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PARIS, May 20 (Reuters) – Bruno Le Maire will retain his post as France’s finance minister as part of a government overhaul to be announced by President Emmanuel Macron’s office on Friday, BFM TV reported, citing unnamed sources.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will also retain his portfolio, BFM TV reported.

Re-elected in April, Macron names his new government as he moves to overhaul his leadership and persuade voters he has heard their frustrations ahead of parliamentary elections next month.

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Macron wants to start afresh after April’s vote saw the far right come even closer to power, with the coronavirus pandemic and soaring inflation now undoing some of the hard-won gains from liberalization measures economy.

The presidential campaign highlighted widespread dissatisfaction with the soaring cost of living and with Macron himself. Although polls show he should be able to form a ruling majority, he is under pressure from an alliance of left-wing parties and reinvigorated far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Finance Ministry officials did not immediately comment on Le Maire’s job renewal.

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Reporting by Dominique Vidalon and Richard Lough; edited by John Irish

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