Published: Пт, Мая 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

France's Macron names Cabinet members

France's Macron names Cabinet members

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed his first Cabinet on Wednesday mixing Socialists, centrists and right-wingers with newcomers to politics as he pressed ahead with plans to create a broad governing coalition.

"We know that in the world in which we live in it's not the president who imposes foreign policy, but foreign policy that imposes itself on the president", said Francois Heisbourg, a Macron adviser and chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Bruno le Maire of The Republicans party was made minister of the economy.

François Baroin who is leading the Republicans' parliamentary elections campaign said: "They have gone, it's their choice, it belongs to them".

The En Marche movement has been canvassing candidates for the poll as it tries to replicate its electoral success after its leader Emmanuel Macron won the presidency this month. To that end, Nicolas Hulot, a popular environmentalist, was named as ecology minister, a job that includes overseeing energy matters.Hulot, a former TV presenter and one of France's best-known ecologists, has been critical of nuclear energy though not an ardent anti-nuclear campaigner.Shares in state-controlled utility EDF, which produces mostly nuclear power, closed down 6.5 percent on the news.There are a total of 18 ministers.

Le Drian is expected to be the only member of the outgoing Socialist government to be kept on, with Macron keeping a careful distance from the little-loved administration of his predecessor Francois Hollande.

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.

France's former defense minister has been named as foreign minister and centrist politician Sylvie Goulard (Goo-LARR) defense minister in French President Emmanuel Macron's first government.

He is also slated to travel to Germany later on Monday to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Other positions were filled by ministers from civil society.

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Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel will take up the role of sports minister. She becomes the minister of sport.

The party added, "The large number of ministers from the ranks of the Republicans, in addition to the Prime Minister himself, also confirms that the Republicans will not be able to claim to be a force opposed to the power in place". "Now let's get to work".

The new cabinet is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Thursday morning.

Macron had delayed announcing the names on Tuesday with the official reason given that it was due to the need to carry out more extensive screening of candidates.

Philippe is a close associate of former prime minister Alain Juppe, who leads LR's moderate wing, and his mentor was more positive.

Philippe and Macron have much in common, with Philippe echoing the generational shift in French politics that the 39-year-old Macron embodies.

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Drawing wide support across the political spectrum will be key as Macron seeks a legislative victory in parliamentary elections in June. Since January 2015, she led Business France, a public agency in charge of promoting French companies overseas and attracting foreign investments.

Macron wants to smash the left-right divide which has dominated France for decades, and his start-up centrist Republic on the Move (REM) party, which is just a year old, needs to forge a wide base of support.

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