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President Emmanuel Macron names Edouard Philippe as French PM

Earlier, he was a Mayor of Le Havre; he is also a member of centre-right Les Republicains party

IANS  |  Paris 

French PM, Edouard Philippe, Bernard Cazeneuve, Paris
Newly appointed French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, center, shakes hands with outgoing Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Paris. Photo: PTI

Newly sworn-in on Monday named Edouard Philippe, the 46-year-old Mayor of city, as his Prime Minister.

Philippe is a member of the centre-right and is close to Alaine Juppe, the former Prime Minister, reports CNN.

The 39-year-old former investment banker and economy minister was inaugurated on Sunday as the 25th President of and also the youngest in the nation's history in a ceremony at the Élysee Palace.

is counting on winning votes from centre-right supporters in the legislative elections next month.

His party Le Republique en Marche is scrambling to get 577 candidates together to contest every seat in the country.

Philippe, a lawyer with experience working in the private sector, was born in Rouen and grew up a Left-wing environment.

He was a socialist in his younger days before switching his allegiances to the right.

He has only been a member of Parliament for one term, serving in the National Assembly representing the constituency of Seine-Maritime in Normandy, northern France, since 2012.

He has been Mayor of since 2010.

was sworn-in as the President after his landslide victory over far-right National Front leader Marine le Pen, with 66 per cent of the vote in the run-off poll held on May 7.

He is also slated to travel to Germany later on Monday to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.

First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 21:51 IST