With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

Mending Europe's frayed unity is such a high priority for new French President Emmanuel Macron that he's visiting neighboring Germany and its Chancellor Angela Merkel on his first day in office.

Philippe is the mayor of the Normandy port of Le Havre, a trained lawyer and an author of political thrillers.

He is a member of the Republicans, a mainstream-right party whose candidate Macron beat in the first round of the election.

Names circulating as potential ministers include TV personality and environmental activist Nicolas Hulot; Axelle Tessandier, who created a start-up in San Francisco before joining Mr Macron's campaign; centre-right European legislator Sylvie Goulard; and prominent centrist party leader Francois Bayrou.

She said: "I will of course discuss this with him, and I will say (we are) open to getting something done together".

Philippe praised Cazeneuve's "quite exceptional" ministerial career and his "constant elegance".

He also described himself as "a man of the right".

Gerard Collomb, the socialist mayor of Lyon, takes on the key portfolio of interior minister, responsible for internal security as France remains under a state of emergency after deadly terrorist attacks over the past two years.

Republicans secretary general, Bernard Accoyer, said Le Maire and Darmanin had been excluded from the party for accepting Macron s outstretched hand and accused Macron of trying to "sew up the democratic debate" by poaching from his rivals.

Macron said he's relying on Tusk to "go even further in this work of re-shaping and setting in motion again a European ambition".

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Erdogan said his visit would "mark a historical turn of tide" and hailed "outstanding relations" between the nations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in town to meet President Trump at the White House.

Mr Macron, who won the May 7 run-off on promises of cleaning up the corruption and stagnation marking traditional parties, said he will require ministers to sign a commitment to "integrity and morality".

Members of the party had very different reactions to Philippe's nomination, with loyalists criticising it.

"We have to deliver, put aside those little politicians' quarrels, those sectarian divisions, which lead us nowhere. making space for debate, for rapid and constructive decisions", Le Maire said as he took over his job. Juppe welcomed the move, wishing him good luck and telling reporters Philippe has "all the qualities needed for this hard job".

Macron also is siphoning off support from lawmakers on the left. But he added that if LR and its allies did not win a majority in June, voters "would not understand if we systematically opposed everything".

French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to introduce a new government with a fresh face, tasked with carrying out his plans to rethink labour laws and overhaul politics.

Philippe began his political life as a Socialist activist affiliated to former prime minister Michel Rocard while he was a student, before turning to the right.

A relatively unknown politician, Mr Philippe previously worked as a director of public affairs for French nuclear group Areva from 2007-2010.

Past year he was part of Juppe's unsuccessful campaign team in The Republicans' primaries, and then joined the presidential campaign of Francois Fillon, the party's nominee.

When Mr Juppe was beaten, Mr Philippe switched his support to Francois Fillon for the French presidency but then quit the campaign when prosecutors started investigating allegations that Mr Fillon's family benefited illegally from taxpayer-funded jobs.

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