France’s prime minister resigns

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Edouard Philippe, the mayor of Le Havre, on 15 May was announced to serve as Prime Minister in the cabinet of new French President Emmanuel Macron, who was inaugurated as the 25th President of the French Republic the day before, on 14 May 2017. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>France’s prime minister resigns

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa05966284 Newly-appointed French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L) arrives to attend the official handover ceremony together with his predecessor Bernard Cazeneuve (unseen) in Paris, France, 15 May 2017. Edouard Philippe, the mayor of Le Havre, on 15 May was announced to serve as Prime Minister in the cabinet of new French President Emmanuel Macron, who was inaugurated as the 25th President of the French Republic the day before, on 14 May 2017. EPA/JULIEN DE ROSA

Newly-appointed French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L) arrives to attend the official handover ceremony together with his predecessor Bernard Cazeneuve (unseen) in Paris, France, 15 May 2017. EPA/JULIEN DE ROSA
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Castex has played a key role in the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The first round was held two days before the government declared a lockdown on March 17. France on Sunday held the second round of municipal elections postponed by the coronavirus crisis. “Mr Edouard Philippe has today handed his resignation from the government to the president of the republic who has accepted it. French prime minister Edouard Philippe has resigned after heading president Emmanuel Macron’s government for three years. The ruling party had poor local election results, but Philippe won a large victory in his hometown of Le Havre where he was running for mayor, capturing 58.8% of the vote. Macron named centre-right mayor Jean Castex as Philippe’s replacement. He will remain, with other members of the government, to deal with current matters until the nomination of a new government”, an Elysee statement said. The resignation comes as part of a government reshuffle.