March 27, 2019 / 7:59 PM / 5 months ago

Three members of French government quit ahead of elections

FILE PHOTO: Nathalie Loiseau, French European Affairs Minister and the head of the Renaissance (Renewal) list for the European elections attends a news conference to launch their campaign with candidates from La Republique En Marche (LREM) political party and partners in Paris, France, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - Three members of the French government have quit their jobs ahead of campaigns for European Parliament elections next month and municipal elections in France next year, the presidency said on Wednesday.

European affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux and digital junior minister Mounir Mahjoubi, have left the government, the Elysee palace said in a brief statement.

Loiseau had earlier announced her resignation in order to lead the LREM party into the May 26 European Parliament vote and Mahjoubi has said he would run for Paris mayor in 2020.

Griveaux has repeatedly said he will announce by the end of spring whether he is running for Paris mayor.

The statement had no other details although the three departures are likely to lead to a cabinet mini-reshuffle in the coming days.

Asked when the reshuffle could take place, an Elysee official had no comment.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Matthias Blamont; Editing by Alison Williams

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