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  Edouard Philippe’s fate in Macron’s hands
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Last EditedPA Indy  Jun 29, 2020 09:07am
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AuthorRym Momtaz
News DateMonday, June 29, 2020 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPARIS — For French presidents, appointing a new prime minister is like giving a house a fresh coat of paint after a long winter.

Every president since Charles de Gaulle, except Nicolas Sarkozy, has changed prime ministers after a big crisis in a bid to start afresh. While current Prime Minister Edouard Philippe survived both the Yellow Jackets and pension-reform crises, his time as President Emmanuel Macron's head of government may soon be up.

Speculation over Philippe's fate reached a fever pitch in recent weeks with leaks in the French press about reported conflicts with Macron over how to handle the coronavirus lockdown. But half a dozen French officials interviewed by POLITICO say any decision is not just about whether the president wants a fresh face. It's more about the political priorities Macron wants to set for the last two years of his first term, with an eye on the 2022 presidential election.
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