Gabriel Attal’s appointment as the Prime Minister of France has made headlines in the last few days, drawing attention to his youth and his identity as the first openly LGBTQI+ person to hold the office. While this is a significant step towards inclusivity and representation, it also poses a formidable challenge, similar to what Leo Varadkar in Ireland and Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg faced.
Like Attal, many young politicians will face similar challenges in the future. Parties across Europe are in a decline of membership and are keen to put young, fresh faces to engage with a cynical European electorate tired of the same old political faces. We looked at examples of other young politicians who have survived such prejudices and mapped out a short list of practical tips for those young political professionals in similar positions.