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Tusk heads to Paris for first meeting with Macron

Tusk heads to Paris for first meeting with Macron

France's newly inaugurated President Emmanuel Macron unveiled his Cabinet on Wednesday, with women filling half of the 22 positions as promised.

Philippe - a moderate member of the Republicans party whose presidential candidate crashed out in the election's first round - is seen as Macron's Trojan horse on the right.

Other names that have been mentioned as possible members of the cabinet are centrist politician Francois Bayrou, who pulled out of the presidential race to rally his support behind Macron, Lyon Mayor Gerard Collomb, European lawmaker Sylvie Goulard, former trade minister Anne-Marie Idrac, and Ferrand.

Former French defense minister, Socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian, was named foreign minister.

Other women named as part of the government include Agnès Busain as minister for solidarity and health, Muriel Penicaud as minister of labour and Françoise Nyseen, a publisher, as culture minister.

Shortly after Mr Philippe's appointment, Mr Macron travelled to Berlin on his first foreign trip as French leader.

Philippe is also relatively unknown to voters, fulfilling Macron's campaign promises to repopulate French politics with new faces.

Yet while the symbolic gesture marked a break with tradition, the substance of the 39-year-old's foreign policy may in fact be more about continuity.

The fledgling party of France's new president has largely ignored applicants in overseas territories aspiring to be candidates in next month's election of a new French National Assembly.

Unpopular Hollande was the first to bow to the rebellious mood in December as he became the first sitting president not to seek re-election in the French fifth republic, founded in 1958.

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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.

High-profile conservative Bruno Le Maire was the pick for the Finance Ministry.

In picking Macron, Tusk said the French people had chosen "liberty, equality and fraternity" and "said no to the tyranny of fake news".

Alain Juppe, a former prime minister, called Mr Philippe "a man of great talent" with "all the qualities to handle the hard job".

President Emmanuel Macron is spending Tuesday selecting his cabinet with new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

Ahead of legislative elections in June, Republican campaign manager François Baroin accused Mr Macron of "dynamiting not political reshaping".

Macron named a mix of prominent and un.

The biggest surprise was the appointment of television star and environmentalist Nicolas Hulot as ecology minister.

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

Macron and Merkel pledged Monday to work closely together to draw up a "road map" of reforms for the European Union, saying that they're both prepared even to implement treaty changes if needed.


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