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New French prime minister wants to form government “as soon as possible”


The new French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, wants, together with President Emmanuel Macron, to form a government “as soon as possible” to launch a recovery plan against the economic and social crisis.

“The philosophy of this government is to be operational, that is to say, you have to act, work quickly, in a context of crisis,” this top official, until now unknown to the French, said in an interview on TF1 television on Friday night. and who was at the forefront of the coronavirus deconfusion strategy.

Castex, a 55-year-old moderate conservative, said he would do everything possible to form his government before Monday, with the head of state. And make your general policy statement “in the middle of next week” in Parliament.

The changes in the French executive are announced “of great importance”, according to the environment of Macron, according to which there will be “new talents” and “personalities from different horizons”.

The fact of having appointed a figure with a technocratic profile as head of government leaves the head of state free, after three years of cordial relationship with the predecessor, Edouard Philippe, who was gaining ground in government strategy and opinion public.

“I am not here to seek light, I am here to seek results,” insisted the new prime minister, until now the conservative mayor of Prades, a small city near the border with Spain, and who was also an adviser to former President Nicolas Sarkozy (2007 -2012).

– “New way” –

In the next few months “very hard” in economic and social terms, Jean Castex hopes to be able to apply the “new direction” sought by the French president, giving priority to the health sector, the elderly and a plan for young people.

What is the Castex method? “Open agreements (…) with the nation, with the social leaders, in the territories, with all the actors to associate them as much as possible in the search for solutions,” he explained.

“When you are in crisis, you have to continue supporting the economy, but you have to make the right choices (…), options that allow you to rebuild, gain economic sovereignty, have a more economical France from the point of view of respect of the environment, “Castex continued. “Emergency measures and, at the same time, structural measures”.

This change of government in France was imminent after the harsh setback suffered by the young government party, The Republic in March (LREM), in the municipal elections on Sunday, marked by the advance of environmentalists.

Asked about ecology, the new prime minister stated that this issue “is no longer an option.” “It is at the center of the priorities” by Emmanuel Macron.

A point of view that they do not share from the ecological party. Macron “has been taking us for three years,” said EELV head Julien Bayou on Friday, after the announcement of the new head of government. “Our goal is to replace him (Emmanuel Macron) and not use him as a crutch.”

For his part, Edouard Philippe, who will return to the port city of Le Havre, his electoral fief, where he was elected mayor last Sunday, said he was ready to “help the president” to “consolidate the majority” of the government party.

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