Stepping up from the role of Minister for Education, Gabriel Attal has been appointed as the Prime Minister of France.
The 34-year-0ld is the country's youngest minister in the modern period, and he's also the first Prime Minister that publicly identifies as a gay man.
The position of Prime Minister is the second-highest office in France, after the President - which is currently Emmanuel Macron.
The Prime Minister leads the government, appoints ministers, and brings forward legislation to present to the National Assembly.
Attal was elected to the French National Assembly in 2017. Although he was initially a member of the Socialist Party, Attal switched his allegiance to the political party led by Emmanuel Macron after he came to power.
Attal was appointed as Minister for Education in the government formed by Macron.
Although he initially didn't disclose his sexuality, once he had been appointed as a minister he was outed on social media as a gay man. He has since publicly discussed his sexuality and been outspoken against homophobia.
Attal's appointment was triggered by the resignation of incumbent, Elisabeth Borne who lost the support of the government over her handling of a number of controversial issues.
Attal doesn't face an easy task. Macron and his government are deeply unpopular and right-wing politicians are attracting growing support amidst domestic uncertainty.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in France?
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in France? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in France?
Yes. All prohibitions against sodomy were repealed in 1791.
The age-of-consent is equal, regardless of sexuality.
Are there anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in France?
Comprehensive anti-discrimination provisions have been in place since 1985.
Is there Marriage Equality in France?
France adopted Marriage Equality in 2013.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in France?
France is a country that – since the revolution – has prided itself on being a socially liberal society.
In general, France is a welcoming and accepting place for LGBTQ people, and has a vibrant and visible LGBTQ community.