French PM Philippe resigns as Macron readies reshuffle - GulfToday

French PM Philippe resigns as Macron readies reshuffle

Eduardo Phillipe

Edouard Philippe delivering a speech. AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigned on Friday ahead of a government reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron designed to bolster his green credentials and win back disillusioned voters ahead of a possible re-election bid.

The Elysee Palace said in a statement that Philippe would handle government affairs until a new cabinet was named. 


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Questions over Philippe's job had swirled since mid-June when Macron declared he wanted to "reivent" his presidency. In French government reshuffles, the prime minister tenders his or her resignation ahead of cabinet appointments but can still be re-named to the position.

President Emmanuel Macron 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 the coronavirus crisis. 

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