Mixture of old and new faces in Macron's first government

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

Speaking with Tusk by his side, Macron said he's advocating "a less bureaucratic and a more political Europe" and relying on Tusk to "go even further in this work of re-shaping and setting in motion again a European ambition".

In his first speech in the ministry's courtyard Wednesday, Collomb said Europe and France especially "are being targeted by terrorists", noting that the terrorist threat comes from overseas, but is also "rooted in our territory". Collomb has been a prominent Socialist politician in France since becoming mayor of Lyon in 200.

France's new foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian (John-Eve Le DREE-on), has vowed to promote the country's "key role" in the global community.

France will be the European Union's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council once Britain leaves the bloc.

Le Drian was seen as the driving force behind France's counter-terrorism operations in West Africa and the Middle East, and a key player in efforts to fight the threat from Islamist militants at home by putting some 10,000 soldiers on the streets of France. Le Drian has been named Wednesday May 17, 2017 Foreign Minister in French Preside.

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.

Popular Socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian had barely left his post of defense minister under President Francois Hollande when he was handed the vital portfolio of foreign affairs and Europe.

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

Le Maire had been touted as possible member of the cabinet in recent days and is one of three members of the Republicans party in Macron's government along with Prime Minister Philippe.

Those present included economy and budget ministers from the right, a TV environmentalist put in charge of ecology and energy, and a veteran Socialist who was defence minister in the preceding government but now has a Europe and foreign policy brief.

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

A high-profile conservative politician has been named as France's finance minister in President Emmanuel Macron's first government. The 48-year-old served as agriculture minister from 2009 to 2012 under former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Macron's staff had initially said the government would be named late Tuesday but the presidential palace now says in a statement the announcement will come Wednesday afternoon. 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.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori). Newly named French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, right, waves as he shakes hands with outgoing Interior Minister Matthias Fekl during the handover ceremony in Paris, Wednesday May, 17, 2017 in Paris. He has since 2001 been major of Lyon - France's third biggest city.

Emmanuel Macron's support for the Paris bid is seen as symbolically important, and his decision to meet Tuesday with the visiting International Olympic Committee delegation was one of his first moves since taking office Sunday.

The armed forces will now be led by Sylvie Goulard, the most senior woman in the government.

International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission Chair Patrick Baumann, left, says goodby to new French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee palace in Paris, France, May 16, 2017.

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

She had never been a lawmaker in the French parliament and has no government experience - both attributes that could be either a strength or weakness for Macron's fledgling government.

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