Macron appoints Jean Castex as Prime Minister, who is responsible for planning the de-escalation

French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Jean Castex as the new prime minister who will gradually lift restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Elysée reported.

Castex replaces Edouard Philippe, who announced his resignation and that of his entire team this Friday to facilitate the remodeling of the executive following the failure of La República En Macha (LREM) in the last local election.

According to an earlier Elysee statement, the outgoing ministers will remain in office until the renovation is complete.

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