Who is Jean Castex, France’s new prime minister?


French President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex the nation’s new prime minister after the resignation of former PM Édouard Philippe’s cupboard. Rather unknown to the general public, Castex “comes from the mainstream right-wing party Les Républicains and is best known as “Monsieur Déconfinement” (Mr Post-lockdown) since April, when he was put in charge of organising France’s gradual exit from lockdown, something that has so far met some success”, FRANCE 24’s Christopher Moore experiences from the Élysée Palace.