Macron seeks to balance Left and Right with new government

Following the recent Parliamentary elections President Emmanuel Macron has formed a new government under the same prime minister Édouard Philippe. However, what was supposed to be a minor technical change to the government has become rather larger in scale after the departure of four ministers in response to potential scandals. The result is a government that gives us a glimpse of how the new centrist president intends to balance his administration between the Left and the Right of the political spectrum. Stéphane Alliès, Christophe Gueugneau, Mathieu Magnaudeix and Mathilde Mathieu report.

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Last week ministers took up their positions in the new post-election French government, known as the 'Philippe 2' government after the prime minister Édouard Philippe who remains in place. The changeover from the 'old' government formed immediately after President Emmanuel Macron's election in May was carried out as quickly as possible to dispel the air of hesitation - even amateurism - that had been lingering for a few days.