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Macron blurs party lines with mixed French Cabinet

20 Mai 2017

Macron and Phillippe picked experienced politicians from the left, the centre and the right, for the main positions as a part of Macron's promise to bridge the right-left divide.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, a Socialist Party veteran who endorsed Macron rather than his own party's candidate, Benoît Hamon, was named foreign minister on Wednesday.

In an important gesture to the right-wing Republicans party ahead of parliamentary elections next month, the crucial Economy Ministry will be run by prominent conservative Bruno Le Maire, 48.

In keeping with Macron's independent centrist line and goal of reshaping French politics, his ministers include both Socialists and conservatives.

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

After the independent Macron trounced establishment parties in the presidential election, the government is expected to be carefully balanced between left and right, women and men, new faces and political heavyweights.

Another appointment with a clear pro-EU tint was that of close Macron ally Sylvie Goulard, a liberal member of the European parliament, who succeeded Le Drian in the Defence Ministry.

"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. FILE - In this April 7, 2017 file photo, France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives for an emergency defense meeting, in Paris. He backed Macron earlier this year.

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Francois Bayrou, centrist leader of Modem, was named Justice Minister, and will be in charge of pushing through Macron's first law on "moralising" political life.

France's foreign ministry has now become the ministry for Europe and foreign affairs, showing Macron's pro-European stance.

The Elysée said that the first Council of Ministers of this team will be held tomorrow, Thursday 18 May, which will give all these people to pace the courtyard of the presidential palace.

He will announce the slimmed down group of 15 ministers at 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT), following a delay as extensive background checks were carried out into their tax records and any conflicts of interest.

Macron has pledged to fight corruption after tax evasion and other scandals hit the previous government.

Nonetheless for now, Macron can point to his newly-named Cabinet as emblematic of his style of governance.

Macron had said during the election campaign that he meant to use executive decrees as soon as this summer to reform labour laws in a country where unemployment remains high at 9.6 percent.

Macron blurs party lines with mixed French Cabinet