In this May 20, 2020 file photo, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrives for a meeting in Paris. AP File Photo
Shortly after announcing the resignation of France Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday, the country is set to name a new Prime Minister soon.
In an interview with several local newspapers on Thursday, President Emmanuel Macron said he is seeking a “new path” to rebuild the country.
Macron is seeking to open a new chapter for the two remaining years of his term that will focus on efforts to relaunch the French economy deeply hit by the coronavirus crisis.
He praised Philippe’s “outstanding work” in the past three years.
“I will need to make choices to lead (the country) down the path,” he said.
The reshuffle comes days after a green wave swept over France in local elections. Macron saw his young centrist party being defeated in France’s biggest cities and failing to plant local roots across the country.
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.
As the pandemic was peaking in the country in March and April, authorities came under fire for the lack of masks, tests and medical equipment.
Before that, Macron’s pro-business policies, widely seen as favoring the wealthier, had been hampered by the yellow vest economic movement against perceived social injustice. This winter, weeks of strikes and street demonstrations against a planned pension overhaul disrupted the country.