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France: Outgoing PM Philippe hands over to replacement Castex at Paris ceremony02:51

France: Outgoing PM Philippe hands over to replacement Castex at Paris ceremony

France, Paris
July 3, 2020 at 17:33 GMT -00:00 · Published

Jean Castex was proclaimed new Prime Minister of France in Paris on Friday, during a handover ceremony with his predecessor Edouard Philippe, who had handed in his resignation.

Philippe, said that although the title comes with a "heavy load," he trusted the capacity of Castex to take good decisions. The former prime minister described his three years in function as being "exceptional."

The new Prime Minister Castex also praised his predecessor during the handover ceremony, saying that his mandate will "without a doubt remain marked in our country's history."

A cabinet reshuffle has was widely expected after French Emmanuel Macron promised to chart a "new path” for the last remaining two years of his term. Macron's party En Marche had experienced a major setback in the municipal elections last Sunday.

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Jean Castex was proclaimed new Prime Minister of France in Paris on Friday, during a handover ceremony with his predecessor Edouard Philippe, who had handed in his resignation.

Philippe, said that although the title comes with a "heavy load," he trusted the capacity of Castex to take good decisions. The former prime minister described his three years in function as being "exceptional."

The new Prime Minister Castex also praised his predecessor during the handover ceremony, saying that his mandate will "without a doubt remain marked in our country's history."

A cabinet reshuffle has was widely expected after French Emmanuel Macron promised to chart a "new path” for the last remaining two years of his term. Macron's party En Marche had experienced a major setback in the municipal elections last Sunday.

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