New French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a conservative Prime Minister in a move to Broaden his Political appeal and weaken his opponents before Legislative Elections in June.

Philippe, 46, a Lawmaker and Mayor of Port City le Havre, is from the moderate wing of the main centre-right the republicans party and will be a counterweight to former socialist Mps who have joined Macron’s cause.

Elysee secretary-general alexis kohler made the announcement on the steps of the presidential elysee palace.