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12:00 AM, July 04, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:59 AM, July 04, 2020

France gets new PM as Macron charts ‘new course’

French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday named a senior bureaucrat to replace Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, whose government resigned after a poor local election showing for the ruling party. The new premier, Jean Castex, officially a member of the right-wing opposition but in charge of overseeing the country's progressive emergence from coronavirus lockdown, is taking over as Philippe leaves the post after three years, the Elysee Palace announced. Macron has said he will set a "new course" for the government as the country grapples with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. A wider cabinet reshuffle could now come later in the day.

 

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