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French President Emmanuel Macron reappoints Edouard Philippe as PM after Sunday’s vote

By: AFP | Paris |
Published:June 20, 2017 1:02 am


Emmanuel Macron, French president Emmanuel Macron, Edouard Philippe, French elections French President Emmanuel Macron walks on the Champs Elysees avenue as he arrives for a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday reappointed Edouard Philippe as prime minister after the weekend’s legislative run-off vote and asked him to form the next government, sources at Macron’s office said. Yesterday’s vote saw Macron’s centrist group, the Republic on the Move (REM), secure a massive victory in the National Assembly, giving him a mandate to pursue a pro-EU, business-friendly agenda.

Philippe has been asked to unveil the new government by Wednesday 1600 GMT, the sources said.

Macron, 39, became France’s youngest president in May after a tumultuous campaign in which the mainstream left and conservative parties lost ground and the far-right National Front failed to make a much-touted breakthrough.

Macron’s election was followed, as scheduled, by legislative elections.

REM and its centrist ally MoDem won 350 seats in the 577 -seat assembly. The conservative opposition, the Republicans, won a total of 130 seats with their allies.

The Socialist Party party of Macron’s predecessor, Francois Hollande, lost more than 250 seats, obtaining just 30.

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French President Emmanuel Macron reappoints Edouard Philippe as PM after Sunday’s vote