- Title: Macron's MoDem allies quit French government
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - MAY 18, 2017) (AGENCY POOL) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** MACRON AND MINISTERS DURING FIRST CABINET MEETING MACRON SMILING, SITTING IN BETWEEN COLLOMB AND BAYROU MINISTERS LOOKING ON
- Embargoed: 5th July 2017 09:26
- Keywords: Macron MoDem government Goulard Ferrand cabinet Castaner France Bayrou de Sarnez
- Location: PARIS, PAU AND STRASBOURG, FRANCE / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: PARIS, PAU AND STRASBOURG, FRANCE / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0076M80F2F
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- Story Text: France's government spokesman Christophe Castaner on Wednesday (June 21) said the resignation of all ministers from the MoDem party allied to President Emmanuel Macron would "simplify the situation".
A source in the prime minister's office confirmed Justice Minister and MoDem party head Francois Bayrou and Junior European affairs minister Marielle de Sarnez were quitting the cabinet, a day after another Modem minister said she wanted no further role in the administration.
The MoDem party is embroiled in a scandal over accusations of public funding misuses.
"We have a majority after Sunday's big win (in the parliamentary election) and we have the wherewithall to govern. So now it's time to get to work," spokesman Christophe Castaner said on Europe 1 radio.
It joined forces with President Emmanuel Macron's Republic On The Move party in a parliamentary election that ended on Sunday with a commanding victory for Macron, who has promised to clean up and rejuvenate French politics. He would retain an absolute majority in parliament even without MoDem's support.
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