The Prime Minister of France, Elisabeth Borne, resigned on Monday at a time when President Macron is expected to reshuffle his top team ahead of the European parliamentary elections.

An immediate successor for Borne was not immediately named and she will remain as a caretaker, as well as the rest of the government, until a new one is established, according to a statement by the presidential palace.

President Macron said Borne has shown “courage, commitment and determination” during her time in office, BBC News reports.

European elections are due to be held in June, and record gains are forecast by Eurosceptics during a time of extensive public unrest over the rising cost of living and European governments’ failure to restrict migration flows.

Opinion polls in France show Macron’s party behind that of far-right leader Marine Le Pen by between eight to 10 percentage points ahead of the June elections, Reuters reports

Possible candidates to replace Borne as Prime Minister are Education Minister Gabriel Attal and Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu. At 34 and 37 years old, respectively, either one would become France’s youngest PM.

“With a young, dynamic profile who can communicate well, the Prime Minister would be a campaigner, which shows that Emmanuel Macron's priority is the election rather than passing bills,” said political analyst, Benjamin Morel on Franceinfo.

In addition, former Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, have also been cited as potential options for the role, according to political sources.

When the new PM is appointed, they will become the fourth to hold office since Macron was elected as President back in 2017.

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