Edouard Philippe became the Prime Minister of the country on 15th May 2017. Edouard is a member of the Les Républicains party and is close to Alain Juppé, the former Prime Minister who endorsed Macron after he won the first round of the presidential election. People are seeing his appointment as a strategic move by the French president to damage the already divided French right and win over rightwing politicians to his La République en Marche (La REM) movement.
Edouard Philippe Background
- He was born on 28th November 1970.
- Edouard Philippe is also a French lawyer and politician.
- Since 2012, he has served as a member of the National Assembly representing the 7th constituency of Seine-Maritime.
- Since 2010, he has served as mayor of Le Havre and president of the agglomeration community of Le Havre.
- He has also worked for the campaign of Alain Juppé in the primary of the right and center in 2016.
- Following the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 presidential election, Philippe was speculated to be a potential choice for Prime Minister, representing three important aspects: political renewal, affiliation with the moderate right, and familiarity with the political terrain.