France's new President Emmanual Macron proving a keeper of secrets

Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview published on Thursday that he is open to the eurozone reforms proposed by French President-elect Emmanuel Macron. President-elect Emmanuel Macron's party has revealed a list of 428 people running for parliament next month, half of them women, most who have never held elected office, as he tries to remake France's political system.

Two days before French president-elect Emmanuel Macron takes power, the names of the prime minister and the ministers who will form his first government remain a mystery even to some of his most trusted collaborators.

"There is a wish to work together on several priorities security, economy and investments as well as (social) protection", said the aide.

Macron will visit French troops overseas "very quickly" after the Berlin meeting.

The French centrist candidate won the May 7 runoff vote of the presidential election, defeating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

The two will meet on Monday afternoon, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday, adding that further details would be released later.

Macron had earlier stressed his "common ground" with Merkel on these issues. But Schaeuble said he had discussed the parliament proposals with Macron and said it's "possible".

To strengthen the 19-nation currency area, Schaeuble also is proposing to give the European Stability Mechanism rescue fund greater powers to act as a kind of European monetary fund that polices national governments.

The Luxembourg-based ESM, operational since October 2012, is a bailout fund for eurozone countries.

His aide, who declined to be identified, said Macron would also visit French troops overseas "very quickly" after Berlin.

On Sunday he will officially take office from Hollande; the incoming president's first journey overseas, like his predecessor's, will be to Germany.

Macron was elected on the back of a plans to deepen European Union integration and introduce economic reforms aimed at making France's ailing economy more competitive and less burdensome for businesses.

"Frankly, I don't know", Ferrand said.

  • Leroy Wright