- Title: Macron's MoDem allies quit French government
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - NOVEMBER 15, 2015) (REUTERS) MODEM PARTY HEAD, FRANCOIS BAYROU, ARRIVING AT ELYSEE PALACE WITH THEN JUNIOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS MINISTER MARIELLE DE SARNEZ, WHO ARE BOTH RESIGNING FROM FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON'S GOVERNMENT PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - FEBRUARY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) MACRON AND BAYROU TALKING AFTER THE TWO FORMED AN ALLIANCE AHEAD OF FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
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- 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: LVA0016M80F2F
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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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