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I want to dedicate my mandate to all little girls and tell them to follow their dreams to the end

I want to dedicate my mandate to all little girls and tell them to follow their

France's new prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, is the first woman to hold the post in more than 30 years and says she hopes to inspire young girls.

"I want to dedicate my appointment to all the little girls and tell them to go to the end of their dreams," she said in her inaugural address.

The 61-year-old engineer has been described as a left-wing technocrat. She most recently served as labor minister under President Emmanuel Macron.

Ms. Borne has detailed experience on key green and social policy issues. She previously served as Minister of Transport and Minister of Ecological Transition in the Macron government, who was re-elected last month. Its background is seen as an asset to Macron, who aims to push through controversial social policy reforms.

Ms. Borne is the second woman to serve as Prime Minister of France, after Edith Cresson in 1991-1992.

She has held senior roles in France's largest transport companies and has advised left-wing leaders on social issues in the past. She also has a reputation for working long hours at a wild pace.

One of its most difficult challenges is expected to be negotiations to raise the retirement age to 65, from 62.