France's Macron Names Centre-Right Edouard Philippe PM

15th May 2017

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has chosen centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as France's new Prime Minister.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has chosen centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as France's new Prime Minister.

The new Prime Minister is not from the president's new centrist party En Marche! but from the centre-right Republicans, and the choice appears to be an attempt to gain support from both the right and left of French politics.

Mr Philippe, mayor of the northern port city of Le Havre, has long been close to Alain Juppé, who was runner-up in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in November 2016.

Mr Juppé praised the new prime minister as a man of "great talent", while another leading Republican, Bruno Le Maire, welcomed the appointment as an attempt to overcome old political divisions.

But party secretary-general Bernard Accoyer said there was no political agreement between the two parties. "Will this new prime minister support the president's En Marche candidates... or the candidates of his political family?" he asked.

President Macron faces crucial parliamentary elections next month and may need the support of the centre right to push through his planned economic reforms.

He is due to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss a number of issues including Eurozone reform.


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