Jean Castex named France’s new PM

International Desk
3 July 2020, Fri
Published: 07:58

Jean Castex named France’s new PM

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex as the country's new prime minister.

Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, will replace Edouard Philippe, who resigned earlier in the day.

Macron has been reshuffling the government to focus on restarting the economy after months of lockdown. Many government members are expected to be replaced in the reshuffle, reports AP.

Castex, 55, is a public servant who has worked with multiple governments.

In an interview on Thursday, Macron said he is seeking a "new path" to rebuild the country for the two remaining years of his term.

He praised Philippe's "outstanding work" in the past three years.

"I will need to make choices to lead (the country) down the path," he said.

The reshuffle comes days after a green wave swept over France in local elections. Macron saw his young centrist party defeated in France's biggest cities and failing to plant local roots across the country.

It was planned even before Sunday's voting, as Macron's government faced obstacles and criticism before and during the virus crisis.

As the pandemic was peaking in the country in March and April, authorities came under fire for the lack of masks, tests, and medical equipment, according to UNB reports.