Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Emmanuel Macron Hires Center-Right Mayor As His New Prime Minister

Emmanuel Macron Hires Center-Right Mayor As His New Prime Minister

French President Emmanuel Macron has delayed the announcement of his first cabinet by 24 hours until Wednesday, with his office saying extra checks had to be made on the tax affairs of potential ministers. The Interior Ministry is responsible for securing France amid a high threat of extremist violence.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, named foreign minister.

Winning the Games would be a big boost for France after years of fading global influence - and a boost for Mr Macron as the untested 39-year-old president embarks on his term and a risky effort to reinvigorate the French economy.

Le Drian vowed to promote the country's "key role" in the worldwide community, noting continuity between his previous position and his new diplomatic job.

Sylvie Goulard, a centrist member of the European Parliament close to Bayrou, becomes France's defense minister.

Edouard Philippe, 46, a lawmaker and mayor of the port city of Le Havre, is from the moderate wing of the main centre-right party, The Republicans, and will provide a counterweight to former Socialist members of parliament who have joined Macron's cause.

Taking power on May 14, France's youngest president in the country's modern history is set to name 15 ministers with different political backgrounds in addition to new comers from the civil society in a bid to deliver on his campaign's promise to renew the political landscape to defend the French interest at home and overseas, according to local reports.

The television star and environmentalist Nicolas Hulot appointed as ecology minister. His portfolio will include implementing Macron's economic reforms, reports Bloomberg.

Macron is the conservative Merkel's fourth French president in almost 12 years as chancellor.

He's been seen as a behind-the-scenes mentor for Macron, pledging his support even before he launched his presidential campaign. Previously, it had been planned later on Tuesday. A series of tax evasion and other scandals hit the previous government. If Macron's party doesn't win a majority in the June 11 and 18 elections, he might have to form a coalition and adjust the makeup of the government. He also could end up with a government led by an opposition party.

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.

Merkel has praised Macron's embrace of European unity but has offered few concrete details of the way forward for German-French relations. The two are expected to discuss security and migration, according to Macron's office.

Macron wants European militaries to work together more, and for eurozone countries to share a budget and tax rules.

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