French PM tenders resignation ahead of expected cabinet overhaul

French Prime Minister Jean Castex arrives to attend the final weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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PARIS, May 16 (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Jean Castex tendered his resignation to President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Castex’s decision paved the way for a long-awaited cabinet overhaul by Macron who, after his re-election in April, said his new government team should be more “focused”, with fewer ministers.

Macron, who must send a signal that he has heard voter frustrations expressed by low turnout and strong support for the radical far right and far left, said he was looking for someone with green and social policy credentials as Prime Minister.

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His allies said he would most likely appoint a woman, who would be the first since Edith Cresson briefly held the top job during Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand’s presidency in the early 1990s.

Current labor minister Elisabeth Borne is expected to get the job.

Such a profile could help counter the challenge launched by far-left veteran Jean-Luc Melenchon who achieved a solid third place in the presidential election, allowing him to rally a broad coalition of French left-wing parties in the parliamentary vote. from June 12 to 19. .

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Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau, Writing by Tassilo Hummel, Editing by Dominique Vidalon, Ed Osmond and Toby Chopra

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