The French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, presented this morning the resignation of his Government accelerating the timetable for the reshuffle of the French executive, which was already informally underway, and the choice of his successor should be known “in the next few hours”.
According to a statement from the Elysee Palace, the President is expected to appoint “in the next few hours” a new prime minister and ask him to form a new government, which he is expected to take up by the end of next week.
Édouard Philippe’s resignation accelerated speculation that the now ex-prime minister should not lead to government reshuffle. At the same time, the city council of Havre, the city where he was elected mayor last Sunday, will have his elective council this Saturday, allowing Philippe to assume functions as mayor.
In addition, the French media reported on a correction made to the interview with President Emmanuel Macron published today by the local media in which, in a first version, the French leader would have indicated with certainty that the Prime Minister’s reinstatement with the response to be replaced by a more vague statement.
The President will defend “a new way” for his mandate through the “economic, social, environmental and cultural” reconstruction of the country.
Some of the advanced names for the post of prime minister include Jean-Yves Le Drian, the current foreign minister, or Florence Parly, the current minister of defense, but others may come up.
The remodeling is thus expected to be of great amplitude and happens after several meetings of the President with prominent figures such as his predecessors, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, but also with mayors and also the leaders of the National Assembly and the Senate, as well as the president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.
To replace the various casualties, the President will keep in mind profiles close to the left, namely personality involved in ecological fighting and will also try to bring more women with more prominent roles to the Executive.
The change of government was expected after the second round of the municipal elections on June 28, marked by strong abstention, a setback for the presidential party and a boost from ecologists in urban centers.
Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister more popular than Emmanuel Macron, according to the polls, came from the right and never joined President Macron’s Republic in March party.