French PM resigns, Macron builds new team

French PM Edouard Philippe resigned on Friday after heading President Emmanuel Macron's government for three years, news wires reported.  Philippe met the president and they agreed the government would resign, Philippe is considered more popular than the president. Macron promised a "new path" in an interview published on Friday.

The Elysée palace said in a statement that Edouard Philippe had "today handed in the government's resignation to the president of the republic, who accepted it", adding that he would continue to stay in place until a new government was appointed. Philippe's future as PM had been in doubt since he won the mayoral election in Le Havre on Sunday. It is common practice for a French president to replace a prime minister during the five-year term in office known as the "quinquennat".

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