Macron readies overhaul to jump-start presidency


Emmanuel Macron is readying for Phase Two of his presidency.
The 40-year-old French leader is preparing broad changes within his government to jump start his presidency and draw a line under months of scandals and political setbacks. He is readying for “an important rebound,” according to his office. The new cabinet is expected to be announced on Tuesday, Journal du Dimanche and Le Figaro reported, while Le Parisien reported it could be as soon as on Monday.
Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe have been reflecting for several days on how to overcome their latest political setback—the shock nighttime resignation last week of
the most senior cabinet member, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.
Faced with the dilemma of whether to simply replace the minister and carry on as before or use his departure to revisit his team and style, Macron is opting for major change. His office declined to give details on which ministries would be affected. As is the custom in France, Philippe could resign, and then be renamed at the head of the new government.
The case for a root-and-branch overhaul has become more compelling
after a torrid few months that have seen Macron’s style of governance ridi-culed and his popularity ratings plunge.

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