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France's Macron picks little-known civil servant as new prime minister

1 month ago   |   By National Post

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron named Jean Castex, a senior civil servant, as his new prime minister on Friday as he acted to recast his presidency and take back control of policy ahead of elections in 2022.
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Picking low-profile French PM, Macron bets big on himself

Picking low-profile French PM, Macron bets big on himself

1 month ago   |   By Politico

PARIS - Emmanuel Macron appointed low-profile conservative Jean Castex as his prime minister on Friday, in a move that means the French president is effectively betting the house on himself.
In choosing such a little-known figure to replace Edouard Philippe as head of his government, Macron indicated he will be taking even greater charge of policymaking for the remaining two years of his term.
Castex, who is the mayor of the small town of Prades in southern France, had previously been given the delicate task of handling the government's plan for exiting the coronavirus lockdown.
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5 things to know about France's new PM Jean Castex

5 things to know about France's new PM Jean Castex

1 month ago   |   By Politico

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Jean Castex as his new prime minister on Friday - and you'll be forgiven if you've never heard of him.
Castex, the conservative mayor of a small town in southern France, made his political career in the shadows of higher-profile politicians. He moved into a more public role as the senior official in charge of handling the government's plan for exiting the coronavirus lockdown until early June.
An experienced civil servant and skilled political operative, Castex has never held an executive position at national level before.
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French PM Castex wants ‘to unite nation to fight crisis' as Macron launches new phase of presidency

French PM Castex wants ‘to unite nation to fight crisis' as Macron launches new phase of presidency

1 month ago   |   By RT

France's new Prime Minister Jean Castex has warned that the coronavirus pandemic was not over yet and an economic crisis “is already here.” On Friday, he took the helm of President Emmanuel Macron's government.
Castex praised outgoing prime minister Edouard Philippe outside the official premier's residence and said he would continue the structural reforms undertaken by the former government.
Macron named Castex earlier on Friday to launch a “new phase” of his presidency. “We will have to unite the nation to fight this crisis that is setting in,” the new prime minister said.
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