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Ex-French PM Edouard Philippe to join Atos board next month

FILE PHOTO: Edouard Philippe, outgoing French Prime Minister, attends the official handover ceremony with newly appointed French Prime Minister Jean Castex at Hotel Matignon, the French prime minister's official residence, in Paris, France, July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French IT and technology company Atos said on Tuesday that former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe would join its board of directors next month, subject to approval by shareholders.

Philippe left office in July after leading French President Emmanuel Macron’s government for more than three years and he is now the mayor of Le Havre, a port in the Normandy region of northern France.

Philippe, whose appointment is expected to be approved at a general shareholders’ meeting on Oct. 27, has previously worked in the corporate sector, serving as director of public affairs at Areva, France’s then state-owned nuclear giant, in 2007-2010.

“For me, it’s a way back into French industry and into a European champion”, Philippe told newspaper Les Echos, which first broke the news of his new job at Atos.

“Atos has key skills for our country, at the core of digital and technological independence challenges. I’m very happy to provide my experience to the company and its board,” he added.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Gareth Jones