Barely 33 years old, Gabriel Attal, the delegate minister in charge of public accounts, comes out well ahead of the first round in the 10e constituency of Hauts-de-Seine. He totaled 48.06% of the votes on the evening of Sunday June 12 and will face the candidate of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), Cécile Soubelet (30.75%), in the second round which will take place on June 19.
In this constituency, where President Emmanuel Macron won 38.8% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election (and nearly 82% of the votes in the second), the minister delegate, outgoing deputy, was not in difficulty. In 2017, Gabriel Attal was elected by 61% in the second round.
Despite his young age, Gabriel Attal has an already full political career. A former socialist activist convinced by Ségolène Royal in 2007, he began his political career in 2011 – at the age of 22 – when he campaigned for François Hollande as an assistant to Marisol Touraine. After the victory of the former first secretary of the Socialist Party in the presidential election, he joined the cabinet of Mme Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, as parliamentary attaché.
His verve and interpersonal skills allow him to climb the ladder at very high speed. In 2014, he was elected socialist municipal councilor in Vanves (Hauts-de-Seine), where he resides. We find him, then, in several ministerial cabinets: of Ségolène Neuville (disabled people and fight against exclusion), of Michèle Delaunay (elderly people and autonomy) and especially of Marisol Touraine. Then he presented himself to the deputation, in 2017, in the 10e constituency of his department.
Invested by La République en Marche, which he had just joined, he was elected against Jérémy Coste, the candidate of André Santini, all-powerful mayor (UDI) of Issy-les-Moulineaux since 1980 and deputy for Hauts-de -Seine since 1988. A remarkable victory which propels him into spokesperson for the presidential party, in 2018. He then becomes the maverick with the high verb of Macronie. He evokes the “greviculture” striking students and railway workers in 2018 or, more recently, a presidential campaign of “living dead”.
After having been Secretary of State for Youth to the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, where he carried out the decried national universal youth service, he replaced Sibeth N’Diaye as government spokesperson in July 2020 then is promoted Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts in the government of Elisabeth Borne, in May 2022.
If he wants to remain a minister in this government, Mr. Attal will have to win, Sunday, June 19, because, as in 2017, the members of the government candidates for deputy will have to resign in the event of failure.