Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Macron delays naming ministers to check taxes

Macron delays naming ministers to check taxes

"It is not a political agreement", Bernard Accoyer, secretary general of The Republicans party, told journalists, shortly after Philippe was named as prime minister under centrist President Emmanuel Macron. Philippe is also relatively unknown to voters, fulfilling Macron's campaign promise to repopulate French politics with new faces.

The pope cited France's "rich diversity of moral traditions and its spiritual heritage marked also by Christian traditions".

A high-profile conservative politician has been named as France's finance minister in President Emmanuel Macron's first government.

But Le Drian was one of only two outgoing ministers to be kept on, reflecting Macron s desire for a fresh approach.

The government will be formally presented on Wednesday after Mr Macron's office delayed the announcement, initially expected on Tuesday, while authorities check the tax records and backgrounds of potential ministers, in an effort to prevent any potential conflict of interest.

The choice of Philippe is aimed at drawing more defectors from The Republicans, in the same way as Macron's decision not to put up an REM candidate in Manuel Valls' constituency pulls the Socialist former prime minister closer, and makes it hard for a divided left to re-unite.

Philippe served as Juppe's campaign spokesman during the Republicans party primary.

But not everyone was pleased with Philippe's announcement.

Tusk was one of the first prominent European voices to congratulate Macron on his May 7 presidential election runoff victory over far-right and anti-EU politician Marine Le Pen. Defeated by a Macron landslide, she denounced what she predicted would be a continuation of old policies, including "austerity, submission to Brussels, massive immigration".

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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 pair now at the centre of the European project vowed to give it new impetus, saying they were ready to change treaties if necessary.

Macron's trip to Berlin highlighted his pro-European politics and desire to work with Merkel on what he says must become "a more efficient Europe, a more democratic Europe, a more political Europe".

"The right has just been annexed, with a prime minister taken from its ranks, from the Republicans", Melenchon said.

Another figure from the right adopted into Macron's 22-strong government is Gerald Darmanin, who is named as minister of public accounts.

An advocate of closer European Union integration, Macron backs a "multi-speed" Europe, an idea that has earned growing support in Germany and other European Union countries since Britain voted to leave the bloc.

As a candidate, Macron called for a "new Franco-German deal" that would involve "much more structured cooperation" on investment, on European border security, and on defense.

On his second full day in office, French President Emmanuel Macron has met with the United Nations secretary-general for talks on global issues such as peace and security.

Germany is keen to continue the Franco-German diplomatic drive to keep a lid on the situation in Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are battling the government.

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