Jean Castex named Prime minister in French government overhaul

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World News July 3, 2020 / 1:57 PM / Updated an hour ago Macron names Jean Castex as prime minister in government overhaul 1 Min Read FILE PHOTO: French government "deconfinement" coordinator Jean Castex leaves after a videoconference with the French president and French mayors at the Elysee Palace in Paris after the country began a gradual end to the nationwide lockdown following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, a top civil servant and local mayor who orchestrated France’s exit from its coronavirus lockdown, as prime minister in a high-stakes cabinet reshuffle.

Castex will be tasked be forming the next government, the Elysee Palace said in a short statement. He replaces Edouard Philippe, who resigned earlier on Friday.