- Title: New French PM looking to long term recovery from coronavirus
- Date: 4th July 2020
- Summary: CORBEIL-ESSONNES, FRANCE (JULY 4, 2020) (AGENCY POOL) FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, JEAN CASTEX, STEPPING OUT OF CAR AND GREETING LOCAL OFFICIALS (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, JEAN CASTEX, SAYING: "The goal of the government, the goal of the state in the context of the recovery and reconstruction plan and the consequences that we're going to draw from this crisis, is to see how to not just simply act in the short term." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, JEAN CASTEX, SAYING: "I want to say that especially in times of crisis, we need the State, but a State that knows how to position itself. The strategy on a national level, the search for operational solutions on a local level in partnership with the local elected representatives. They used the word pack. I come from a rugby country, so I like this. This is our aim. It's towards those territorial solutions, where they know how to act together beyond their political opinions for the benefit of employment and the general interest. It is, and you will understand, more necessary now that we are facing a health crisis that isn't over and an economical and social crisis that has started. I thank you all very much. " CASTEX WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 18th July 2020 17:20
- Keywords: Corbeil-Essones France Jean Castex crisis economic recovery newly appointed Prime Minister politics state
- Location: CORBEIL-ESSONNES, FRANCE
- City: CORBEIL-ESSONNES, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLE8LDZ
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- Story Text: New French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday (July 4), said he wanted more than a short term solution to the country's problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Castex, who is due to announce the composition of his government shortly, was in Corbeil-Essonnes to visit the X-FAB France group's semiconductor research and production site.
French President Emmanuel Macron named Jean Castex, a senior civil servant, as his new prime minister on Friday (July 3) as he acted to recast his presidency and take back control of policy ahead of elections in 2022.
Macron is reshaping his government as France has been grappling with the deepest economic slide since World War Two, a sharp downturn that will shrink the economy by about 11% in 2020 and bring about big job losses.
Castex, 55, hails from the centre-right, a career technocrat with experience in local politics who most recently has been known as "Monsieur Deconfinement" for his role bringing the country out of lockdown measures.
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