Macron names senior French official Jean Castex new PM, according to presidency

In this file photo taken May 19, 2020, then Interministerial delegate for lockdown easing Jean Castex leaves after a videoconference with the French President and French mayors at the Elysee Palace in Paris. — AFP pic
In this file photo taken May 19, 2020, then Interministerial delegate for lockdown easing Jean Castex leaves after a videoconference with the French President and French mayors at the Elysee Palace in Paris. — AFP pic

PARIS, July 3 — President Emmanuel Macron today named senior French civil servant Jean Castex, who drew up the policy for easing the coronavirus lockdown, as his new prime minister as part of a government reshuffle.

“The president of the Republic has named Jean Castex as prime minister and mandated him to form a government,” the presidency said in a brief statement.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his entire government resigned today as Macron’s ruling party reels from dire local election results and the president prepares to tackle the economic crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. — AFP

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