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France's Macron begins fine-tuning team after parliament sweep

11:58 EDT 19 Jun 2017 | Yahoo News

France's Macron begins fine-tuning team after parliament sweepPresident Emmanuel Macron began fine-tuning his government team on Monday after his centrist party redrew France's political map with a resounding victory in parliamentary elections, dealing him a strong hand to forge ahead with pro-EU, business-friendly reforms. Macron, France's youngest-ever president at 39, asked close ally Richard Ferrand, who is embroiled in a conflict of interest scandal, to leave his cabinet and seek the leadership of the ruling Republic on the Move (REM) party in parliament. Macron meanwhile reappointed rightwinger Edouard Philippe as prime minister, and asked him to unveil a new government lineup by 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Wednesday, sources in the president's office said.


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