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French prime minister Edouard Philippe resigns with Government reshuffle expected



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French prime minister Edouard Philippe has resigned, officials confirmed.

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

A Government reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron is expected to take place within the next few days.

It comes as questions over Mr Philippe’s job had swirled since mid-June after Mr Macron declared he wanted to “reinvent” his presidency.

French President Emmanuel Macron wears a protective face mask (AP)

He is seeking to boost the two remaining years of his term with a focus on efforts to relaunch the French economy after the coronavirus crisis.

In recent days a green wave swept through France in local elections and Mr Macron saw his centrist party being defeated in bigger cities and stumbling across the country.

The reshuffle was planned even before the vote, as Mr Macron’s government faced obstacles and criticism before Sunday’s election as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded.

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

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