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With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

That country's about to vote on a new president.

Macron then added his own extra appointment by making a personal visit to a military hospital where he went to the bedside of soldiers wounded on operations in Mali and Afghanistan.

Merkel's government has been grateful for Macron's support for her open-armed approach to refugees, which Macron said "rescued Europe's honor" - rare clear backing on that front from a senior European official.

German media, including influential tabloid Bild and news magazine Der Spiegel, have recently drawn attention to the danger of Macron's presidency costing Germany more money.

Hollande insisted that France has lived up to its duties under his leadership, particularly regarding the development of Africa, the climate and the planet. "The division and fractures across our society must be overcome. because the world expects us to be strong, solid, clairvoyant". The world and Europe have today, more than ever, a need for France. Nothing now strikes one and spares the other. "We are all neighbors". "As a teacher, I know young people..." It is the first time in modern French political history that a president has appointed a prime minister from outside his camp without being forced to by a defeat in parliamentary elections.

The red carpet was rolled out for Philippe, 46, named earlier Monday by new President Emmanuel Macron to form his first government.

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He then chose to be driven by military jeep rather than civilian limousine to the Arc de Triomphe, where he stood in the rain, without coat or umbrella, to light the flame in tribute to France's war dead at the tomb of the unknown soldier - a powerful reminder of France's role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence alliance.

Reviving support for European unity will be among his top priorities.

France is a founding member of the 28-nation bloc, which Britain plans to leave in 2019, and its third-largest economy after Germany and Britain.

"I am convinced that the power of France is not in decline, as we are at the dawn of an extraordinary rebirth". She built a solid relationship with Macron's predecessor, Socialist Francois Hollande, despite their political differences - notably with their joint effort to secure an accord to calm the fighting in eastern Ukraine in tense talks in Minsk, Belarus in 2015. Macron wore a dark blue suit from Jonas et Cie Price.

Hollande has given Macron France's nuclear launch codes.

But Macron may struggle to get the country behind him. The bad weather often associated with the former Socialist president has become a joke for the French.

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Twenty-one cannons were fired to salute Macron as the new president, as his motorcade left the palace in a downpour of rain. (Yoan Valat, Pool via AP) Former French President Francois Hollande (R) and President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.

Many conservatives around Merkel are sceptical of Macron's calls for closer integration.

However, after Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted centrist Emmanuel Macron reform his country's economy before seeking assistance from Berlin and other eurozone members, he appears to have backed down, according to politics news site Politico.

His Republic on the Move movement has announced an initial list of 428 candidates for the 577 seats up for grabs in June in France's lower house of parliament.

Now the question that weighs on every French citizen's mind is whether they should be happy, cheerful and celebrate the victory that was achieved by President-elect Macron or should they still have fear, anxiety and panic that far-right candidate Marie Le Pen succeeded in getting more than thirty percent of the votes and she forced her way into the second round. Half of them are women. Only 24 are lawmakers running for re-election.

More than 230 people have died in France in attacks claimed by ISIS over the past two years as the country has taken part in military action against the militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq.

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