She is one of the new faces of Elisabeth Borne’s second government. Carole Cayeux, Les Républicains (LR) mayor of Beauvais and director of the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion, was appointed to the government on Monday, July 4, as Minister Delegate for Local Authorities. The 73-year-old elected replaces Christophe Béchu, who takes the place of Amélie de Monchalin in the ecological transition.

Former fillonist rallied to Emmanuel Macron

At the head of the city of Beauvais for twenty-one years, the one who was senator of Oise from 2011 to 2017 is also president of the association Villes de France. Close to François Fillon, whom she had supported in the LR primary in 2016 and then in the 2017 presidential election, he was predicted a ministerial destiny before the defeat of the LR candidate, who came third in the first round.

In 2018, this teacher by profession had not renewed her membership of the LR party and had joined Emmanuel Macron. She was one of the 600 local elected officials who had called, at the end of 2021, to vote for the outgoing president in the 2022 election. Alongside Eric Woerth, the deputy for Oise, who also joined ranks of supporters of the Head of State, she had actively participated in the campaign of the presidential camp in the department.

On May 7, she was invited to the investiture of Emmanuel Macron alongside other local barons who rallied to Macronie, such as Christian Estrosi, Hubert Falco, Catherine Vautrin, or even Christophe Béchu.