Jean Castex Biography
Jean Castex is a French politician who is serving as the Prime Minister of France. He was appointed on 3 July 2020. Prior to his appointment, he was a high-ranking civil servant tasked with coordinating the easing of France’s COVID-19 lockdown.
Jean Castex Age and Birthday
Jean was born on 25 June 1965, Vic-Fezensac, France.
Jean Castex Career
Castex has been mayor of Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales since 2008. He was Deputy Secretary-General of President Nicolas Sarkozy between 2011 and 2012, regional councilor of Languedoc-Roussillon from 2010 to 2015, and has served as department councilor of Pyrénées-Orientales since 2015.
In September 2017, Castex was appointed interdepartmental delegate to the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics; he was also appointed as President of the National Sports Agency. He was a member of The Republicans until early 2020; additionally, he has been seen as socially conservative within the party.
On 2 April 2020, he was appointed coordinator of the phasing out of the lockdown (confinement) implemented in France during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the resignation of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on 3 July 2020, Castex was appointed Prime Minister by President Emmanuel Macron.
Jean Castex Elysée
Castex carries the classic profile of a French high-level public servant, having attended the elite national school of public administration from which Macron also graduated alongside most of the top political class.
Castex was an adviser on social affairs in former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s cabinet, before becoming deputy secretary-general of the Elysée in 2011, a key post that Macron himself occupied.
The new prime minister started his political career with conservative heavyweight Xavier Bertrand, first as his head of cabinet at the health ministry and later in the labor ministry in the 2000s.
Jean Castex Health
Castex had the difficult task of coordinating the easing of lockdown in France, which earned him the nickname “Monsieur Déconfinement.” He is considered to have performed well and reportedly won internal battles against government members with whom he didn’t see eye-to-eye.
The new prime minister previously dealt with another major health crisis when he was working at the health ministry as chief of staff in 2006. “He is the one who put in place the pandemic plan during the avian flu crisis and the doctrine on state stockpiles of masks. In other words, he knows what he’s talking about!” his former boss Bertrand told Le Parisien.
Jean Castex Marcon Club
Castex was first approached by Macron after the election in 2017 when the French president offered him the position of delegate to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Macron and Edouard Philippe, who Castex is replacing, also thought of him in 2018 to run the very sensitive interior ministry, Le Monde reported.
But this proposal didn’t have the support of Macron’s own party, who saw him as too close to Sarkozy and opposed his nomination. According to Le Figaro, Castex left his conservative party Les Républicains last week.
Jean Castex Height and Weight
Jean stands at an average height and moderate weight.
Jean Castex Education
Jean graduated at the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 1986. He later joined École Nationale administration (“Victor Hugo” class of 1991). Jean at the Court of Audit, became a senior civil servant. Jean’s qualities like the ability to reach out across the political aisle were seen missing in Philippe.
Crucially, he reportedly has a good working relationship with leading French unions, whose relations with the Elysée have been tense since Macron put a controversial pension reform top of his agenda.
Former union leader Jean-Claude Mailly, of Force Ouvrière, once described Castex as “someone you can talk to, who is not big-headed.””He’s a real Swiss Army knife, he has connections everywhere and knows how to do the right thing in the right place,” Franck Louvrier, Sarkozy’s former adviser, told Le Point.
Still, the new prime minister and his predecessor have very similar profiles — they’re both conservative politicians from the same generation, little known to a wider public before their nomination. That will undoubtedly raise questions about Macron’s past pledges to nominate more diverse profiles.
Jean Castex Family
Details about his parents are not known to the public. However, this section is still under review and will be updated as soon as it is available.
Jean Castex Wife
Jean is married to Sandra Ribelaygue. He likes to keep his personal matters away from the public .
Jean Castex Net Worth
Jean has an estimated net worth of $1 million-$5 million.