June 28, 2020 / 6:22 PM / 6 days ago

French PM Philippe wins mayoral race in northern town of Le Havre

FILE PHOTO: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, wearing a protective face mask, attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe claimed victory in the race to become mayor of Le Havre in Sunday’s municipal elections.

He won with 58.8% of the vote, according to TF1/LCI TV.

“We’re happy in Le Havre, we will celebrate this victory,” Philippe said.

France’s constitution allows Philippe to nominate a deputy to his mayoral seat while he remains prime minister, but his victory will raise questions over a possible government reshuffle.

Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by Richard Lough

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