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President appoints successor of resigned prime minister

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who resigned, will be succeeded by the former deputy chief of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's office.

A few short hours after Edouard Philippe announced his and his cabinet's resignation, President Emmanuel Macron appointed his successor, 55-year-old Jean Castex, to be the new prime minister of France.

During President Nicolas Sarkozy's term, Mr Castex was deputy head of the president's office between 2011 and 2012. He currently chairs an inter-ministerial committee in charge of preparing France for major sporting events, such as the 2024 Paris Olympics, and he also coordinates the government's recovery efforts during the pandemic-induced health crisis.

In the first round of the municipal elections, he was elected mayor of Prades, a town of 6,000 in the Pyrenees-Orientales region, with 75.7 per cent of the votes.

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