June 19, 2017 / 6:17 PM / a year ago

French government resigns in post-election formality

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tendered the government’s resignation as a post-election formality on Monday to President Emmanuel Macron who asked him to form a new cabinet, Macron’s office said.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leaves at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The new government is to be named on Wednesday some time before 6:00 pm (5.00 p.m. BST), the presidency said in a statement.

The government’s resignation was widely expected as a traditional formality after a legislative election on Sunday in which Macron’s party won a commanding majority in parliament.

Reporting by Michel Rose; writing by Leigh Thomas; editing by John Irish

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