French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has resigned, expected reshuffle

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has resigned, expected reshuffle

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has resigned in the days ahead, the French Presidency announced Friday, as a cabinet reshuffle is planned. The announcement did not say that Philippe will be replaced as the leader of a new administration, or will stay on.

For the remaining two years of his tenure, President Emmanuel Macron is trying to open a new chapter that will concentrate on efforts to relaunch the French economy badly hit by the coronavirus crisis. The reshuffle comes days after a green wave at local elections swept across France. Macron saw his young centrist party defeated in the biggest cities of France and struggled to develop local roots across the border

The reshuffle was planned even before the voting, as Macron’s government faced obstacles and criticism before Sunday’s election and during the virus crisis.