Tuesday 16 January 2018

French government resigns in symbolic gesture after Macron victory

French President Emmanuel Macron (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

France's government has resigned in a symbolic move after President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party won a majority in parliamentary elections.

The president's office said in a statement that he accepted the resignation and immediately renamed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and tasked him with forming a new government by Wednesday evening.

The government spokesman said earlier that Mr Macron is expected to make only small, "technical" changes and rename the government.

Press Association

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