“Jean who?” It was the way Friday greeted Emmanuel Macron’s surprise choice last week, who would lead his government in the past two years of his presidency. For those who know, however, it is the “Swiss army knife”, a political officer who, after a long career in the heart of the state bureaucracy, is able to turn his hand on anything.
However, Jean Castex, the well-known technocrat named Prime Minister, has emerged as the unlikely secret weapon of the French leader in his struggle to win a second term in the Elysée Palace.
“We are in a new context,” said Castex, 55, during a 25-minute interview in the early hours of television after his appointment. “The French have gone through difficult times.