French ex-PM Edouard Philippe elected Le Havre mayor, News Wires reported.

Earlier on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron accepted Philippe's resignation as the PM.

Jean Castex has been appointed a new French PM. He coordinated France’s virus reopening strategy.

Macron is reshuffling the government to focus on rebuilding the economy after months of a quarantine imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many members of the government are expected to be replaced during the reshuffle.

Earlier, Macron said he seeks to open a new chapter before he resigns and now focuses on efforts to rebuild the French economy hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis.