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France unveils new gov't under PM Castex

PARIS, July 6 (KUNA) -- France on Monday unveiled its new government after the resignation last Friday of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his executive.
New Prime Minister Jean Castex presented his Cabinet to President Emmanuel Macron after a weekend of negotiations and the French leader approved the new lineup.
Many ministers from the outgoing Cabinet kept their posts but there is also new blood to bring to a close the second half of Macron's five-year election period and prepare for new presidential elections in May 2022.
The key posts in the new Cabinet include: Prime Minister Jean Castex, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Defence Minister Florence Parly, Economy/Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, Health Minister Olivier Veran, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, And Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti.
Prime Minister Castex is immediately meeting Monday evening with his Parliamentary majority and will address the National Assembly in a week's time to outline government policies for the coming period.
A number of posts of State Secretary or junior ministers are to be announced on Wednesday after the first Cabinet session of the new government, the Prime Minister's office said. (end) jk.gb