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>> The new French president has a new Prime Minister. And centrist Emmanuel Macron has chosen Conservative Edouard Philippe to take up the role. Reuters' Ingrid Melanderin Paris explains what we know about him.>> He's the mayor and rule maker for the Le Havre in western France, by the Sea of Normandy.
He's not very well known to the general public, he's 46 years old, he's a lawmaker, a conservative for the republicans party, so that is really the novelty. Because it's the first time that a president actually nominates, as prime minister, someone from another party without being forced to by losing elections.
So, Philippe, iss we know, he likes boxing. We know he collects cufflinks, and that he's a pro-European and a moderate in the Conservative party.>> Macron has vowed to end the left-right duopoly which has dominated French politics for decades. His daughter party, Republic on the Move, is now focused on finding a wide base of support in the legislative elections next month, hoping to cement a majority and push through some of his ambitious reform plans.
>> Clearly what he wants is there's a double aim there. One is to broaden his appeal to show that he can have supporters to the left and to the right. And the other objective, quite clearly, is to weaken the mainstream left wing and right wing parties. Because Macron wants to be neither left nor right.
And is presenting himself as a centrist.>> Philippe is a close associate of former Prime Minister Alain Juppe who leads the moderate wing of the Republicans. Juppe has indicated that he favors helping Macron. The president now hoping that this appointment might draw defectors from the right and get him that majority he craves in four weeks time.