France announces new PM`s name after Edouard Philippe resigns
Published: 06:12 PM, 3 July 2020
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President of France Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's reopening strategy after the coronavirus lockdown, as the country's new Prime Minister, according to the Elysee Palace.
The relatively low-profile Castex replaces Edouard Philippe, who resigned earlier on Friday. Macron is reshuffling the government to focus on restarting the economy after months of lockdown.
Castex, 55, is a career public servant who has worked with multiple governments. France's gradual reopening plan has been seen as generally successful so far.
Many government members are expected to be replaced in the reshuffle.
Macron's move to refashion his centrist government comes after voters punished the former investment banker and his party in nationwide municipal elections.
With only 21 months until the next presidential election, Macron wants to reposition himself, close advisers say.