Edouard Philippe named as Prime Minister of France

May 16, 2017 15:15 IST

Edouard PhilippeFrench President Emmanuel Macron on 15 May 2017 named Edouard Philippe as the Prime Minister of the country.

Philippe comes from the ranks of a center-right party outside Macron’s own movement.

Philippe is a member of the Les Républicains party and is close to Alain Juppé, the former Prime Minister who endorsed Macron after he won the first round of the presidential election.

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About Edouard Philippe

Born on 28 November 1970, Edouard Philippe is also a French lawyer and politician.

He has served as a member of the National Assembly representing the 7th constituency of Seine-Maritime since 2012.

He has also served as mayor of Le Havre and president of the agglomeration community of Le Havre since 2010.

He worked for the campaign of Alain Juppé in the primary of the right and centre in 2016.

Following the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 presidential election, Philippe was speculated to be a potential choice for Prime Minister, representing three essential aspects: political renewal, affiliation with the moderate right, and familiarity with the political terrain.

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