French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Edouard Philippe as the new prime minister of France. At 46, Edouard Philippe would be the second-youngest Prime Minister of France after Laurent Fabius (1984 to 1986), who was 37 at the time of appointment. Philippe is the Mayor of the port city Le Havre since 2010 and is a member of the Les Républicains party .
Edouard Philippe appointment as the new Prime Minister comes at the backdrop of Emmanuel Macron’s plans to draw support from the conservative opposition and appeal to rightwing voters in elections for the National Assembly to be held next month. Although, Emmanuel Macron has won with 66% of the vote, his party En Marche!, which was founded only last year has never held a single National Assembly seat. Macron needs to have a majority in the National Assembly to have the mandate to push his legislative agenda through.