It could not be taken without the presence of the secretaries of State, whose appointment has been expected for nearly three weeks. After their arrival, the new government has finally been able to take the poses in the gardens of the Elysée palace for the official photo. But with the coronavirus, the ministers had to take a few precautions, and, in particular, comply with social distancing.
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instead of the usual cluster gathered on the front steps of the Palace, the shots taken at the end of the last council of ministers before the summer break show a provision unique to this government-supplied, with 30 ministers and 12 secretaries of State. All separated by a distance of one metre, without a mask. A first row comprising the Prime minister, Jean Castex, Barbara Pompili, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, Bruno Le Maire, or Gérald Darmanin is aligned on the lawn.
The French expect us to concrete results. This is why we are committed ! Continue to transform, to build a future of economic, social, environmental and cultural best. pic.twitter.com/MLvlbdx7EG— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 29, 2020
First meeting to complete
Behind them the other three ranks of ministers and secretaries of State are installed on bleachers placed on the grass, with Emmanuel Macron on the second row in the middle of the group, and the large trees in the park as background scenery. The council of ministers, which had exceptionally all the secretaries of State, constituted the first meeting at the full of the new government of Jean Castex.
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His constitution has been laborious. The names of the secretaries of State having been released only on Sunday evening. For Emmanuel Macron, the redesign aims to renew and strengthen the government team for the last two years of the quinquennium, prior to the presidential election of 2022.