French cabinet announcement delayed to Wednesday: Presidency

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

When Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, France will be the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Le Drian says he expects France to play a crucial role in a "complex, fragile, unstable worldwide situation".

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.

On Monday, his first day in office, Macron named centre-right MP Edouard Philippe as prime minister and travelled to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on reforming the EU.

The 46-year-old Edouard Philippe is relatively unknown to voters, also making good on Mr Macron's campaign promise to repopulate French politics with new faces.

High profile rightwinger Bruno Le Maire was named economy minister - one of three conservatives in the Cabinet.

Members of civil society without government work on their resumes were appointed to some ministerial posts. Nicolas Hulot, the well-known host of a television show focusing on nature and the environment, was named minister for environment transition.

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. Moreover, the choice of Le Maire is also probably aimed at sending a strong signal to Germany about Macron's commitment to reform.

His appointment is a further blow to the Republicans, who have been trying to regroup after the presidential vote and prevent defections to Macron's camp.

The two men were supporters of Macron during his election campaign.

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Collomb has spearheaded several major projects to revitalise Lyon since becoming mayor in 2001.

Merkel, 62, has been chancellor since late 2005, when Jacques Chirac was French president.

Paris: France's newly inaugurated president Emmanuel Macron has unveiled his cabinet, with women filling half of the 22 positions, media reports said.

French President Emmanuel Macron waits to welcome UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

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

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".

From 2001 to 2004 she was an advisor to then European Commission president Romano Prodi.

Leading French conservative Francois Baroin accused Mr Macron of "dynamiting" the political landscape ahead of announcing his cabinet.

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