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France's Macron mixes political shades in ministerial appointments

France's Macron mixes political shades in ministerial appointments

Bruno Le Maire, named French economy minister, is a reform-minded conservative whose expertise on Europe and staunch defence of the Franco-German relationship will prove valuable as Macron pushes for closer European Union integration.

They are also strategic, with Mr. Macron, a former Socialist Economy Minister, reaching out to the moderate right of the Les Republicains (LR) party in order to get their support in the National Assembly, which will be reconstituted in June following elections.

Other major cabinet appointments include Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel as sports minister, Muriel Pénicaud as labour minister, Agnes Buzyn as health minister and Annick Girardin as the overseas territories minister.

To that end, Nicolas Hulot, a well-known environmentalist, was named as Ecology Minister.

The new government is expected to be half women, and with about half the number of ministers former president Francois Hollande's cabinet had.

Mr Macron was set to meet European Council president Donald Tusk in Paris yesterday as he tackles his top foreign priority of reforming the EU.

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France's new President will hope his team delivers a majority in the parliamentary elections in June.

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Like Macron, Bayrou has a penchant for the literary and is the author of over a dozen books on history and politics, including one on French King Henry IV, who was famed for his contribution to the arts.

Appointing Le Drian to the Foreign Ministry was a natural move after his five years at the Defence Ministry, where he was held in high esteem for his role as "super salesman" for selling French weapons to foreign governments, France Inter radio reported.

The armed forces will now be led by Sylvie Goulard, 59, the most senior woman in the government.

Long time ally Gérard Collomb, the former socialist mayor of Lyon, has been appointed interior minister.

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Another conservative Gerald Darmanin, was appointed budget minister.

"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.

From 2001 to 2004 she was an advisor to then European Commission president Romano Prodi.

Other appointments included Mr Francois Bayrou, the head of the centrist Modem party, as justice minister and Ms Marielle de Sarnez as junior Europe minister.

New French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb arrives for the first weekly cabinet meeting under new French President Emmanuel Macron, Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Macron's office is scheduled to announce his government Wednesday afternoon, after a delay to dig deeper into proposed ministers' tax records and potential conflicts of interest.

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