French President Emmanuel Macron chooses centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as new prime minister

French President Emmanuel Macron chooses centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as new prime minister

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French President Emmanuel Macron has chosen centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as the country’s new prime minister.

The decision to pick a Republican is considered an attempt to draw in key figures from both the right and left of French politics.

Mr Philippe, 46, is the lawmaker and mayor of the northern port city of Le Havre.

Whilst he is not from the president’s new centrist party, Mr Philippe may be able to garner support from the centre-right during President Macron’s parliamentary elections next month where Macron plans to put forward his economic reforms.

The naming of a new prime minister has been Mr Macron’s first big appointment following hours of restless speculation in France.

Mr Philippe, is an old friend to Alain Juppé, the 2016 runner-up in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Mr Juppé praised the new prime minister as a man of ‘great talent’.

The Conservative prime minister will be a counterweight to the former 24 Socialist MPs who have joined Macron’s cause.

Mr Philippe’s appointment, has lead Mr Macron to pass over loyal followers such as former Socialist Richard Ferrand who was one of the first to join Macron’s cause last year and is secretary general of REM.

Newly-inaugurated Macron has redefined history, as this is the first time in modern French political history that a president willingly appoints a prime minister from outside his camp.

 

by Zeinab Makki

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