Macron’s key ally François Bayrou quits government

Jun 21, 2017, 6:45 AM EDT
MoDem president François Bayrou
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Within days after French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party bagged clear majority in the parliament, Justice Minister and the MoDem president François Bayrou has resigned amid an inquiry that probes alleged misuse of European funds by his party.

The decision comes hours ahead of an expected government reshuffle by Macron, who came to power with the promise to clean up the political graft in the country, writes the BBC.

Four high-profile ministers have stepped down in the last 48 hours, although none have been formally charged with any offense, notes The Guardian. Analysts believe that “Macronising” the administration seeks to eliminate any potential source of friction in future.