French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Jean Castex, as new Prime Minister.
The Elysee Palace disclosed on Friday in a statement as Former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigned ahead of a government reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron.
Jean Castex, a low-profile 55-year-old conservative politician, who is the mayor of the small town of Prades in southern France, had previously been given the delicate task of handling the government’s plan for exiting the coronavirus lockdown.
It was not immediately clear whether Philippe would be called upon to form the new government.
Macron’s move to refashion his centrist government comes after voters punished the former investment banker and his party in nationwide municipal elections.
The elections revealed surging support for the Green party and underlined Macron’s troubles with left-leaning voters.
The only bright spot for Macron was Philippe’s own victory in the northern port city of Le Havre.
Close advisers say with only 21 months until the next presidential election, Macron wants to reposition himself.