Macron nominates Thierry Breton as Frances European commissioner

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron nominated Thierry Breton as his candidate for European commissioner, according to an Elysée official.

The president made the nomination “in full agreement with [European Commission President-elect] Ursula von der Leyen,” and he will be assigned the “same portfolio” as Macrons first candidate, Sylvie Goulard, the Elysée official added.

Macron has been adamant about preserving the immense portfolio he negotiated for the French commissioner, spanning the internal market, defense and digital issues, since the European Parliament rejected Goulard in confirmation hearings at the beginning of October.

Breton has both high-level political experience — having been Frances minister of the economy, finance and industry from 2005 to 2007 — and a long career in the private sector, lately leading one of the countrys rare digital champions, Atos.

Breton was an early backer of Macrons candidacy during the 2017 French presidential election, and was a member of the official delegation who

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