France's Macron mixes political shades in ministerial appointments

New French President Emmanuel Macron waves to supporters after a ceremony at the Arc of Triomphe following his formal inauguration ceremony as French President Sunday

France's Macron mixes political shades in ministerial appointments

Speaking with European Council President Donald Tusk by his side, Macron said Wednesday night that he's advocating "a less bureaucratic and a more political Europe".

Macron has said half his ministers will be women and that some will be high achievers in business, academia, the civil service or the NGO world.

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.

15 de mayo de 2017, 17:44Paris, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The newly appointed French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, described himself as "a man of the right" in his first interview after taking office. To meet that goal, he appointed well-known environmentalist Nicolas Hulot as ecology minister and a publisher as culture minister.

In his first speech in the ministry's courtyard Wednesday, Collomb said Europe and France especially "are being targeted by terrorists", noting that the terrorist threat comes from overseas, but is also "rooted in our territory".

Muriel Penicaud, the new labor minister, previously worked for food corporation Danone and French telecommunications group Orange.

Neither commented publicly after the meeting at the close of another busy day for the new French leader.

Penicaud will have the daunting task of supervising the reform of labor protections, a part of Macron's agenda that already has prompted outcries from unions.

Bruno Le Maire‏, a veteran LR lawmaker who has also been pushing for a rapprochement with Macron, congratulated Philippe on Twitter, saying: "Let's go beyond the old divides to be of use to France and the French people". As Macron's campaign digital chief, Mahjoubi was responsible for cybersecurity.

Macron, 39, earlier delayed announcing the ministers due to last-minute negotiations and checks that none had tax issues, The Telegraph reported.

They range from quirky to obscure to old-school: math genius Cedric Villani; former train and subway boss Anne-Marie Idrac; Axelle Tessandier, who created a startup in San Francisco before joining Macron's campaign; and a string of former ministers in Socialist and conservative governments.

Seeking for wide support ahead of legislative election next month, Macron attracted to his cabinet many faces from the country's traditional parties which had alternated power over six decades. He might have to form a coalition government or have a government led by an opposition party.

Goulard previously worked as an adviser to Romano Prodi when Prodi served as president of the European Commission - the executive arm of the EU.

On Sunday, Macron said: "We will need a more efficient Europe, a more democratic Europe, a more political Europe because it's the instrument of our power and our sovereignty, I will work on that".

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