French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigns

The outgoing Prime Minister Edouard Philippe © Ludovic MARIN / AFP Edouard

3 July, 2020

The French President’s office announced on Friday the resignation of Edouard Philippe has the Prime Minister of France but will handle “current affairs” until a new cabinet is appointed,

The French presidency also confirmed that President Emmanuel Macron accepted Philippe’s resignation earlier on Friday. The outgoing premier, who assumed office back in 2017, will ensure, along with the members of his government, “the handling of current affairs until the appointment of the new government.”

The developments come after Macron vowed to “reinvent” his presidency, hinting at the looming cabinet reshuffle. On Thursday, he announced that “a new team” will be placed behind taking care of economic recovery and reconstruction.

French president’s office didn’t give any reason for Philippe’s departure. There was also no indication that the politician would be re-appointed by the President – a practice seen in France’s cabinet reshuffles on several occasions.

BFMTV reported the new Prime Minister will be named “in the coming hours.”

According to the news outlet, Philippe himself said he intends to become Mayor of Havre, a city where he served for seven years before being propelled to the second-most influential position of the French Republic.

While the actual background to his resignation still remains an enigma, there are signs that President Macron is about to chart a new course, focusing more on social and environmental issues. That would apparently allow him to drift away from a perception that his government is staunchly pro-business and neoliberal.

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