France's Macron names conservative Edouard Philippe as prime minister

Reuters , Monday 15 May 2017

Edouard Philippe
Edouard Philippe (Photo: Reuters)

Newly inaugurated centrist President Emmanuel Macron appointed on Monday conservative Edouard Philippe as prime minister, an unprecedented move in postwar France in the voluntary choice of a head of government from outside the president's party.

Philippe, 46, a lawmaker and mayor of port city Le Havre and a close associate of prominent conservative Alain Juppe, is from the moderate wing of The Republicans party. He will be a counterweight to the former Socialist MPs who have joined Macron's cause.
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