July 3, 2020 / 10:52 AM / a month ago

Macron names Jean Castex as prime minister in government overhaul

PARIS, July 3 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, a top civil servant and local mayor who orchestrated France’s exit from its coronavirus lockdown, as prime minister in a high-stakes cabinet reshuffle.

Castex will be tasked be forming the next government, the Elysee Palace said in a short statement. He replaces Edouard Philippe, who resigned earlier on Friday.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Domonique Vidalon, Writing by Sarah White; editing by Richard Lough

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