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In conciliatory move Macron appoints opposition member Édouard Philippe PM


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In conciliatory move Macron appoints opposition member Édouard Philippe PM

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In his first day in office French president Emmanuel Macron has chosen a relatively unknown figure from outside his political party to be the new prime minister.

Édouard Philippe, who’s the mayor of the port city of Le Havre, is a member of the centre-right Republican party and not a member of Macron’s La République En Marche party.

The move is significant as it means Macron is reaching out to the conservative opposition to build a majority in the parliament.

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