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On Monday, his first day in office, he named center-right MP Edouard Philippe as prime minister and traveled to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on reforming the European Union. "We need more pragmatism, less bureaucracy and a Europe that protects our citizens", he added.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the possibility of change to European Union treaties was "not taboo" and that he wanted to see better protection for Europe's workers. "And the election of the new French president offers us here the possibility to bring dynamism into the development of Europe".

The Deputy Editor of the Paris Match said Macron's early visit to Berlin strengthens the close relations between Germany and France, the traditional pillars of the European Union.

"I am not a promoter of the mutualisation of old debt" within the eurozone, said Macron after meeting Merkel, adding however that the joint financing of future projects should be considered.

French President Emmanuel Macron waits for a guest on the steps at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 16, 2017.

While some in the Republicans fumed at Philippe's appointment, seeing it as a betrayal, others urged the party to accept Macron's "outstretched hand".

Macron previously met Merkel in Berlin in March while still a candidate and called for a "new Franco-German deal" that would see "much more structured cooperation" on the countries' investment, European Union border security and defense.

"There is enough going on independently of the have people think more benignly about the euro", said Donal O'Mahony, global strategist at Davy in Dublin.

The new Cabinet will meet for the first time Thursday.

Merkel said that Germany needs France to succeed, emphasising that "Europe will only do well if there is a strong France".

His appointment was seen as a strategic move by Macron, who is trying to woo modernisers of all stripes to his new centrist party, the République en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM), having already won over dozens of moderate Socialist MPs.

Le Pen has mostly been out of the limelight since her crushing bid in the presidential race to centrist Emmanuel Macron.

With respect to the EU's free movement of services, capital, goods and labor, "Macron looks at it with the same point of view, so we have somebody on our side", Fuchs said.

In addition, the rate of unemployment is estimated at close to 4 percent in Germany, less than half of the rate in France (9.9 percent).

But the proposals have sent alarm bells ringing in Berlin, and initial relief about his victory against far-right leader Marine Le Pen have also given way to fears about his reform plans.

"I have never defended [the idea of] Eurobonds or the mutualization of existing debt in the euro zone", Macron said.

The meeting's warm tone reflected rising hopes in Germany that Mr. Macron may be able to deliver what officials in Berlin have long demanded: a convincing overhaul of France's tightly regulated economy that would jump-start growth in the eurozone's second-largest economy.

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