New French government unveiled, Le Drian foreign minister

Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is finalizing his government lineup Wednesday and will meet with a senior European Union official as both try to keep the bloc from falling apart.

"What is new about today's politicians, Edouard Philippe included, that they do not belong to any party, they do not believe in political activism, but all of them share the idea that we need to equilibrate the world of the enterprises and the world of politics", Viard, who is also a sociologist and publicist, said.

Macron is expected to visit French troops in Africa later this week.

Tusk approved the guidelines proposed by Macron and said "words such as security, protection, dignity and pride must return to our political dictionary".

France's new president has assembled his cabinet with figures from the left and right.

His new role puts him in charge of France's police and, as such, of any terror-related investigations in the country.

After the meeting, Macron talked by phone with Putin about possible cooperation on global issues, including the fight against terrorism.

Le Drian vowed to promote the country's "key role" in the global community, noting continuity between his previous position and his new diplomatic job.

Having never been elected to any other political office, he ran as the head of a new movement, En March!, instead of an established political party.

Germany's Sigmar Gabriel said in a statement it's important "that we move Europe forward together, that we take the initiative and get the German-French engine running at full speed".

Newly inaugurated centrist French president Emmanuel Macron unveiled his slate of cabinet ministers on Wednesday afternoon, appointing a blend of political shades to the top jobs as part of his promise to bridge the right-left divide.

The Cabinet includes 18 ministers and 4 junior ministers, half of them women and half men.

Another prominent Socialist appointment is that of former Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who will now take over the foreign affairs portfolio.

A minister for agriculture under ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, Le Maire made a failed bid for the Republicans presidential nomination past year when he finished a disappointing fifth.

Members of civil society without government work on their resumes were appointed to some ministerial posts. To that end, Mr Nicolas Hulot, an environmentalist, was picked as ecology minister.

After naming Edouard Philippe Prime Minister, Emmanuel Macron made known the names of the people who will make up the very first government of his quinquennium.

At a meeting recorded in a fly-on-the-wall TV documentary about Macron's campaign, 65-year-old Bayrou struck a paternal tone with the 39-year-old, saying: "It's a odd thing, the presidency".

Meanwhile the Republicans' deputy secretary general Éric Ciotti was quoted as calling the pro-Macron initiative "a slap" rather than an outstretched hand - suggesting supporting Republicans were opportunistically seeking a role in the new government.

Gerard Collomb (Je-RAR Koll-OMB), a 69-year-old Socialist, was appointed interior minister.

Gerard Collomb, the Socialist mayor of Lyon, France's third-biggest city, makes his debut in national government at the age of 69. He was the first major Socialist politician to decide to back Macron's presidential bid.

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