Saturday, 19 August, 2017

New French Government Unveiled, Le Drian Foreign Minister

French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo left walk together to attend a ceremony at the Paris city hall France Sunday Emmanuel Macron names conservative Edouard Philippe as new French prime minister
Andrew Cummings | 02 June, 2017, 10:45

That has never been done before, ' he said.

Collomb wept with emotion at Macron's inauguration on Sunday.

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

Check out Federal News Radio's latest podcasts. The Interior Ministry is responsible for securing France amid a high threat of extremist violence.

The choice of Philippe is aimed at drawing more defectors from The Republicans, in the same way as Macron's decision not to put up an REM candidate in Manuel Valls' constituency pulls the Socialist former prime minister closer, and makes it hard for a divided left to re-unite. One diplomat said the changes in president and ministers would enable a review of Paris' positioning on key issues such as the crises in Syria and Libya.

His main task as minister in charge of the police will be to try thwart jihadists plotting attacks on French soil but he will also spearhead efforts to introduce new instant penalties for anti-social behaviour or vandalism.

She added that she hoped for a "new dynamism" in German-French relations, saying that "Europe will only do well if there is a strong France, and I am committed to that". In the event, some 22 were named, half women, half men and including figures from civil society.

Center-right Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, whom Macron tapped named Monday, is to lead the government at least until the elections.

His appointment marks a milestone in the rebuilding of France's political landscape, which has been ignited by the election of Mr Macron - the first president of modern France not from the country's mainstream left or right parties.

Socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian was named foreign minister and prominent centrist Francois Bayrou as justice minister.

At home, Macron started to shape his government by appointing relatively little-known lawmaker Edouard Philippe, 46, as his prime minister. Television presenter Nicolas Hulot was recruited to the ecology ministry and Gerald Darmanin, another Republican, was named budget minister.

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The Republican Party, sent out a statement calling the cabinet "confusing".

The new Cabinet posed briefly for photographs on the front porch of the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris.

On the same day, Francois Baroin, head of The Republicans parliamentary election team, urged party members against defections to Macron's camp as the legislative elections approached.

"If Macron wins a sufficiently big majority, perhaps even an absolute majority, he can get through all the reforms that are important to him".

After a private meeting with his former mentor Hollande and his first speech as president, Macron headed up the rainy Champs Elysees in an army vehicle, waving to small crowds of wellwishers who gathered along the famed avenue.

The 39-year-old president had also vowed to bring in political newcomers.

He supervised French military operations in Mali, Central African Republic, Iraq and Syria.

"He's very serious and well-liked but doesn't know that much about foreign affairs".

Goulard previously worked as an adviser to Romano Prodi when Prodi served as president of the European Commission - the executive arm of the EU.

This item has been corrected to show that Goulard is 52 years old, not 59.

German chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French president Emmanuel Macron (L) attend a joint press conference at the German Chancellory in Berlin, Germany, 15 May 2017. He has also promised a tough line on Britain as it negotiates its departure from the EU. Macron has pledged to fight corruption after tax evasion and other scandals hit the previous government.

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