The fear of been axed out of office has pushed Edouard Philippe to submit his resignation letter as the French prime minister.
Naija News learnt that the new development occurred as Philippe got a hint that the president, Emmanuel Macron has concluded the plan for a major readjustment of his cabinet which he might be affected.
However, it was learnt that Macron named Jean Castex, a relatively low-profile figure as Philippe’s replacement.
In an interview given to several local newspapers on Thursday, Macron, said he is seeking a “new path” to rebuild the country for the two remaining years of his term.
He praised Philippe’s “outstanding work” in the past three years.“I will need to make choices to lead (the country) down the path,” he said.
The reshuffle comes days after a green wave swept over France in local elections. Macron saw his young centrist party defeated in France’s biggest cities and failing to plant local roots across the country.
The reshuffle was planned even before Sunday’s voting, as Macron’s government faced obstacles and criticism before and during the virus crisis.
As the pandemic was peaking in the country in March and April, authorities came under fire for the lack of masks, tests and medical equipment.
Before that, Macron’s pro-business policies, widely seen as favoring the wealthier, had been hampered by the yellow vest economic movement against perceived social injustice. This winter, weeks of strikes and street demonstrations against a planned pension overhaul disrupted the country.
In addition, Macron’s efforts to boost job creation have been swept away by the economic and social consequences of the country’s lockdown.