PARIS | French president Emmanuel Macron has appointed Jean Castex, a high official, the mayor of the right of a small city and relatively unknown to the general public, to the post of Prime minister, in replacement of Édouard Philippe, announced Friday the Elysée palace.
Ex-collaborator of former president Nicolas Sarkozy (2007-2012), Jean Castex, 55, mayor LR (Republicans) from Prades, is since April, the inter-ministerial delegate in charge of the déconfinement in the framework of the fight against the pandemic COVID-19.
It will, therefore, be put in charge of music for the second phase of the five-year interval Emmanuel Macron who wants to give a new life to his presidency after three years to be able to enameled reforms are controversial and multiple crises.
Right man, he succeeded Édouard Philippe, to him also a man of the right.
He will now work to form a government team, which will enter into service in the next few days.