Govt Reshuffle: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe Resigns

Govt Reshuffle - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe Resigns
Edouard Philippe

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has resigned, according to the Elysee Palace.

His departure is expected to pave the way for a government reshuffle.

Mr  Edouard Philippe will continue to handle government affairs until a new cabinet is named.

Mr Macron's party was defeated in major cities during Sunday's local election
Mr Macron’s party was defeated in major cities during Sunday’s local election


Speculation had been growing that a reshuffle was imminent – with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking to boost his green credentials and win back disillusioned voters.

Mr Philippe had actually seen his popularity increase significantly in recent weeks – despite French authorities facing criticism over their handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Nonetheless, speculation over his future had swirled since mid-June, when Mr Macron declared he wanted to “reinvent” his presidency.

In French government reshuffles, the prime minister tenders his or her resignation ahead of cabinet appointments but can still be renamed to the position.

It is unclear whether the PM will be replaced, or will stay on as the head of a new government.

Mr Philippe’s resignation could create a potential rival for Mr Macron, who is seeking to be re-elected in 2022.

The president is seeking to open a new chapter for the two remaining years of his term that will focus on efforts to relaunch the French economy deeply hit by COVID-19.

In local elections on Sunday, Mr Macron’s young centrist party faced defeat in France’s biggest cities as a green wave swept over the country.



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