PARIS. — New French President Emmanuel Macron named centre-right lawmaker Edouard Philippe as prime minister yesterday in a further effort to splinter the country’s traditional parties and redraw the political map.
Philippe, a little known 46-year-old MP and mayor of the northern port of Le Havre, comes from the moderate wing of the right wing Republicans party and is seen as a pragmatist.
His appointment was seen as a strategic move by 39-year-old Macron, who is trying to woo modernisers of all stripes to his new centrist party. — AFP.