Clément Beaune, President Macron’s European understudy

PORTRAIT – In a few weeks, he gave a name, ambition and new energy to the small Ministry of European Affairs.

Former Europe adviser to Emmanuel Macron, Clément Beaune has been Secretary of State for European Affairs since July.
Former Europe adviser to Emmanuel Macron, Clément Beaune has been Secretary of State for European Affairs since July. Jean-Christophe Marmara / JC MARMARA / LE FIGARO

His head is not in the stars, but he dreams of a Europe which would also promise to send the first man to Mars, a Europe which would assert itself as a great power and would impose itself among the Americans “who no longer protect us“And the Chinese”that threaten us“. This is undoubtedly one of the government posts subject to the highest turnover: around twenty incumbents in twenty years. Considered a less important ministry, like a springboard or a folding seat, the Secretary of State for European Affairs has always struggled to exist within the large Ministry of Foreign Affairs, generally occupied by big names in international politics. He has rarely pushed the men and women who have occupied him into the light, with more or less happiness, moreover.

At 39, Clément Beaune seems to be the exception that proves the rule. In a few weeks – he was appointed at the end of July – the former Europe adviser of Emmanuel Macron gave

This article is for subscribers only. You have 87% left to discover.

Subscribe: 1 € the first month

Can be canceled at any time

.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.