Macron Cabinet reflects left, right and centre

Macron Cabinet reflects left, right and centre

Macron Cabinet reflects left, right and centre

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron named a mix of prominent and unknown figures from the left and the right Wednesday to make up the government tasked with pushing through his plans to reduce labor protections, tighten European unity and boost military spending.

After naming conservative Edouard Philippe from the Republicans party as prime minister earlier this week, Macron tapped outgoing Socialist defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian as foreign minister and minister for Europe.

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On the list was Sylvie Goulard, a centrist European Union lawmaker, in charge of defense affairs, Agnes Buzyn, solidarity and health minister and Muriel Penicaud, the minister in charge of managing the thorny employment issue.

Gerard Collomb, the veteran Socialist party mayor of Lyon who was one of the first in his party to back Macron, was named interior minister.

New French President Emmanuel Macron waves to supporters after a ceremony at the Arc of Triomphe following his formal inauguration ceremony as French President Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Paris.

Another conservative Gerald Darmanin, was appointed budget minister.

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

One accused Macron of "blowing up" the political landscape.

The 46-year-old MP and mayor of the northern port city of Le Havre since 2010, is close to Alain Juppe, the former prime minister and presidential candidate.

The new government is expected to be half women, and with about half the number of ministers former president Francois Hollande's cabinet had.

If Macron's party doesn't win a majority in the June 11 and 18 parliamentary elections, he might have to form a coalition and adjust the makeup of the government.

He had announced his intention to have a slimmed-down government of 15 ministers. The remaining seven ministers are not attached to any political movement. Besides French, Goulard speaks English, German and Italian, and she has written several books on building and sustaining the European Union, France Bleu radio reported.

The announcement has been a delayed while the authorities checked the tax records and backgrounds of potential ministers, to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Bruno Le Maire, was appointed to economy minister. France's new President Emmanuel Macron secured backing from key ally Chancellor Angela Merkel for his bid to shake up Europe, despite scepticism in Berlin over his proposed reforms.

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