Jean Castex, a senior official who spearheaded France’s coronavirus reopening strategy, has been named the country’s new prime minister by President Emmanuel Macron.
His appointment was announced just hours after Edouard Philippe, who served as prime minister for three years, tendered his resignation.
In April, Castex was given the responsibility of coordinating France’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions. He is a career public servant who has served in multiple administrations.
The government reshuffling comes days after the Greens scored victories in local elections across France, upsetting Macron’s own centrist Republic on the Move party.
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