Jean Castex, video conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and French mayors at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France is new France Premier.
French President Emmanuel Macron Friday named a senior bureaucrat to replace Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, whose government resigned after a poor local election showing for the ruling party.
The new premier, Jean Castex, officially a member of the right-wing opposition but in charge of overseeing the country’s progressive emergence from coronavirus lockdown, is taking over as Philippe leaves the post after three years, the Elysee Palace announced.
A wider cabinet reshuffle could now come later in the day.
Macron has said he will set a “new course” for the government as the country grapples with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.