Francois Mori/Associated PressJean Castex photographed on May 11 at the Elysée Palace (illustration)POLITICS – No weekend in Rome for Jean Castex. This Saturday, May 14, the Élysée announced that the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, was heading to Abu Dhabi “to pay tribute to Sheikh Khalifa ben Zayed Al Nahyan”, who died on Friday May 13. Immediate consequence, the cancellation of the visit of the Prime Minister to the Vatican, planned on the occasion of the canonization by Pope Francis of several figures of the Catholic Church, including three Frenchmen: Charles de Foucauld, César de Bus and Marie Rivier. The reason? The impossibility for the head of government to leave the territory if the President of the Republic goes abroad. “It is Gérald Darmanin who will go in his place”, specifies Matignon to HuffPost, when it was the very last trip of Jean Castex as Prime Minister. A change of agenda which is explained by the diplomatic priority, the agreement with the Gulf countries being far more important than a religious ceremony in the Vatican. The Head of State will be back on Sunday, while the appointment of Jean Castex’s successor is expected for Monday May 17. That of the new government will come later. See also on The HuffPost: How to succeed in ecological planning?
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