French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe
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France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigned from government Friday, just days after being reelected as mayor of the northern city of La Havre.
In a statement, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron said Philippe had handed in the resignation of the government, but that the current cabinet would remain in charge of governmental affairs until a new team was put in place.
In France, the president — the main political figure — selects the prime minister, who then forms the government.
As such, the resignation paves the way for a cabinet reshuffle. It comes after speculation that Macron was preparing a reshuffle to focus on the economic recovery post-coronavirus.
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