Weakened by weeks of controversy for having criticized public schools, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra was demoted during this new reshuffle but remains Minister of Sports and the Olympic Games. She leaves Education to Nicole Belloubet, former Minister of Justice.
“I will continue to do everything possible to ensure that we all bring together these magnificent challenges to success.” In a message posted on
Weakened by weeks of controversy for having immediately criticized public schools, the minister was however demoted, leaving the Ministry of Education to Nicole Belloubet, former Minister of Justice under Édouard Philippe.
“Giving sport, and those who embody it, the place they deserve in our society and promoting its benefits for our youth and our nation, this is the commitment and the common thread of my life”, she reacted, adding that she was “proud to continue to carry these convictions and all the actions undertaken with all the players in French sport over the past 20 months within the government”.
A misstep on his first trip
In her message, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra also facilitates her successor Nicole Belloubet. “The challenges ahead are magnificent for the success of all our students and the development of our youth,” she concluded.
Guest of France 2 just after the announcement of his entire team, the Prime Minister admitted “a disturbance, a discomfort” around Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, while welcoming her “total commitment”.
Barely a few hours after her appointment, there was a misstep: during her first trip to a college in Andrésy in Yvelines, she was questioned about the schooling of her three sons in the prestigious Parisian private school Stanislas.
The minister cites “packages of hours not seriously replaced” at the Littré public school where her eldest was briefly educated. “Lunar remarks”, “social separatism”: the outcry is immediate among the unions and the left.
The minister tries to clear the mines the next day. With the AFP, the one who is mocked as an incarnation of “disconnected” elitism, says she “regrets” having “could have hurt certain teachers”. But on Sunday, the fire started again. In Libération, the kindergarten teacher who briefly had the minister’s eldest son denies having been absent.
Mediapart reveals a report from the General Inspectorate of National Education on the private Catholic establishment Stanislas (where the minister’s children are educated), which relates “absurdities” in particular homophobic ones, before revealing that Amélie Oudéa- Castéra promoted a non-contract private school which particularly welcomes young athletes when she was Minister of Sports, and supported this school’s request to enter into a contract with the State.
For a long time, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra seemed to benefit from the support of President Emmanuel Macron. Publicly, deputies and other politicians from the majority give lip service to her. Under cover of anonymity, they sharply criticize her clumsiness, her “disconnection”, her lack of political sense and judge her to be “burned”. Finally, Amelie Oudéa-Castéra stayed on rue de Grenelle for 28 days, a record for a Minister of Education under the Fifth Republic.