Macron to unveil first French government


The new government is expected to be equally balanced 50/50 with men and women and about half of former President Francois Hollande's Cabinet.

French President Emmanuel Macron on 15 May 2017 named Edouard Philippe as the Prime Minister of the country.

In 2014, Le Drian wrote in a statement that France "requests that Israel" minimize any harm to civilians in its attacks on Hamas.

The 52-year-old German-speaker is a prominent pro-Europe politician and was elected a member of the European parliament in 2009. Her father survived the Holocaust.

Along with politicians, the government will feature new faces from civil society, including black Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel, renowned environmentalist Nicolas Hulot and publisher Francoise Nyssen.

Later this month Macron will hold talks with Donald Trump, when the U.S. president - believed to have preferred Le Pen over Macron - visits Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Macron, a former economy minister in outgoing President Francois Hollande's Socialist government before he split off to form his independent Republic on the Move (REM) party, has pledged to draw figures from across the political spectrum. Travelling to the German capital to meet the veteran leader in his first official trip overseas, Macron used the opportunity to call for a "historic reconstruction" of Europe.

By appointing him, Macron has passed over some loyal followers including Richard Ferrand, a former Socialist who was one of the first to join Macron's cause previous year and is secretary general of REM.

He became LR candidate Francois Fillon's global affairs spokesman, but resigned when the former prime minister was embroiled in a financial scandal this year.

During the election, Mr Macron said it would be "unacceptable" if women did not have parity in the French government.

Pope Francis has offered prayers for Emmanuel Macron, urging the new president to support the rich moral and spiritual traditions of the country of France - including Christianity.

Ms Kosciusko-Morizet was among more than 170 conservatives who agreed to "seize the outstretched hand" of Mr Macron and support his proclaimed political project of bridging the divide between left and right long entrenched in French politics.

Center-right Republicans in the new government include Édouard Philippe as prime minister and Bruno Le Maire as finance minister.

Nicolas Hulot is a prominent environmental campaigner and documentary journalist whose television series promotes environmentalism while showing off lovely landscapes.

The first cabinet meeting takes place Thursday at 10 am London time.

Another centrist, Sylvie Goulard will lead the Defence Ministry, while Socialist Gerard Collomb will head the Interior Ministry.

A former university history teacher, he has spent 35 years in politics and is president of the Brittany region.

He is also a member of the mainstream-right Republicans party that was badly battered by Mr Macron's victory in the presidential campaign.

Keeping him in government should also ensure continuity in negotiations now underway.