Gabriel Attal at the National Assembly, June 16, 2020. - Stéphane de Sakutin / AFP

Coming from the socialist ranks before being a historic “Walker” and close to Emmanuel Macron, the Hauts-de-Seine deputy Gabriel Attal experienced an express rise, until being named Monday, at 31, spokesperson for the government, of which he is the youngest. He succeeds Sibeth Ndiaye. Before him, François Baroin had become in 1995 Secretary of State and spokesperson for the Juppé government a month before celebrating his 30th birthday.

Very comfortable on TV sets, the elected machine-gun rate, who was responsible for setting up the universal national service (SNU) with the Minister of Education, is one of the ex-young socialist shoots who followed Emmanuel Macron during the creation of his movement, and during his victorious campaign of 2017.

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When he entered government in October 2018, he was responsible for implementing this promise from the head of state. A reform he describes as "fundamental for youth". For three years, he kept hammering out their need for "commitment". But this system, which provides for an integration phase in collective accommodation and a volunteer phase in various fields, is not unanimous. The coronavirus crisis stops its expansion.

The SNU, its previous mission

"He is a minister with whom we can discuss, exchange," says Orlane François, president of the student organization Fage, opposed to the SNU. "By working alongside him, I found someone who had a lot of drive, who drives things, what is expected of a young politician," says one in his entourage. , emphasizing its "dynamism". "I do not think that his departure could harm the SNU because it is a project led by the president," added the same source.

He is part of the young guard claiming to be "historic channel" of macronism. Coming from the Strauss-Kahnian movement, Gabriel Attal is indeed a member of the close circle of candidate Macron in 2017, alongside Stéphane Séjourné, who was once an influential political advisor to the Head of State, the former Secretary of State 'State Benjamin Griveaux, or Sibeth Ndiaye, whom he now replaces in this sensitive post. He is familiar with the parolat carrier, an exercise he had practiced for "La République en Marche".

"There will be no sacrificed generation," promises @ GabrielAttal. # DirectAN #QAG

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Cautious, measured in his expression, he is the fourth spokesperson for the government directly from the first Macron circle. In his former socialist family, some regret the defection of this "spiritual son of Marisol Touraine", whose cabinet he had integrated into the Ministry of Health during the quinquennium of François Hollande.

Born on March 16, 1989 in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine), this professional consultant, from a wealthy background, studied in the posh Alsatian School in Paris and graduated from Sciences Po. also worked as a waiter ”in parallel with his studies.

MP and city councilor

He was project manager at the artistic direction of the Académie de France at the Villa Medici in Rome. He remained a municipal councilor in Vanves, keeping his mandate as deputy. He was re-elected opposition adviser in June. At the Assembly, he joined the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Education where he was appointed coordinator of the deputies of the LREM group. He was in particular the rapporteur of the project changing the rules of access to the university, with the Parcoursup platform.

Upon his arrival at the Palais Bourbon in 2017, the elected official had said that he felt invested with the “responsibility of showing that youth is coming in” whereas “so far it seemed that young parliamentarians were of the FN ”. "Be careful, it is not because we appoint a young person to this position of spokesperson that we can say that we have dealt with youth issues which must remain a central issue", puts today keeps Mélanie Luce, president of the Unef student union.


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