Guillaume Kasbarian has been appointed as the fifth minister delegate in charge of Housing during Macron’s more than seven years in office. He will be working under the Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Christophe Béchu, who was reappointed on January 11. As the head of the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, Kasbarian represents a shift to the right of the Attal government and has been re-elected as a Renaissance MP.
During his tenure, Kasbarian was also the originator of the “anti-squat” law, which toughens sanctions against squatters and accelerates eviction procedures in the event of unpaid rent. The adoption of this law last summer was contentious and sparked indignation from associations defending tenants and against poor housing, such as the Abbé Pierre Foundation and Right to Housing.
While it is not clear how Kasbarian’s new role as a housing minister will impact these contentious issues, it is clear that he brings a strong background in economic affairs to his new position. As an MP representing Paris, Kasbarian has long advocated for policies that support small businesses and entrepreneurs while promoting sustainable growth and job creation. In fact, he was one of the key architects behind France’s ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.
As he begins his new role as housing minister, Kasbarian will likely face many challenges related to affordable housing shortages and rising rent prices in major cities like Paris and Marseille. However, with his experience in economic affairs and commitment to sustainable growth, he may be well-equipped to tackle these issues head-on.