New French President Macron's cabinet unveiled

"A whole section of the centre and the right is ready to cross the line", the conservative Le Figaro daily wrote Tuesday.

Le Maire, a pro-European German-speaker, came second to ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy in the battle for the leadership of The Republicans (LR) party in 2014, and finished fifth in the party's presidential primaries past year. Mr. Macron's own La Republique en Marche movement is fielding candidates for the elections- more than 400 of whom have been chosen.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, 69, who led France's military operations overseas as former President Francois Hollande's defense minister, will stay on in Macron's government as foreign minister and also be in charge of European affairs.

Renowned ecologist and former TV star Nicolas Hulot has been named Minister of Ecology.

The Prime Minister, who heads the government on the direction of the President, must, by law, have the support of a majority in Parliament.

Germany is looking to Macron to revitalise France as an economic power and political heavyweight in the European Union, which is facing complex divorce proceedings with its current No. 2 economy, Britain.

The 69-year-old from northwest Brittany, who backed former cabinet colleague Macron for president, is one of only two ministers to be kept on - a reward for his support which helped paper over Macron's lack of worldwide experience.

Sylvie Goulard, a centrist member of the European Parliament close to Bayrou, becomes France's defense minister.

Macron had pledged to form a gender-equal government with both left and right-wing tendencies represented, and with one third coming from the civil society. She becomes the minister of sport. He'll meet Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni Wednesday evening in Paris. "Now let's get to work".

The first ministerial cabinet meeting will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. local time (0900GMT).

The government, appointed on Wednesday, is a mix of 22 prominent and unknown figures from the left and the right, half of them women.

Macron had delayed announcing the names on Tuesday with the official reason given that it was due to the need to carry out more extensive screening of candidates.

Edouard Philippe was born on November 28, 1970.

Philippe and Macron have much in common, with Philippe echoing the generational shift in French politics that the 39-year-old Macron embodies.

French President Emmanuel Macron waves from his auto on the Champs Elysees avenue after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.

Macron is counting on winning votes from centre-right supporters in the legislative elections next month.

Emmanuel Macron's support for the Paris bid is seen as symbolically important, and his decision to meet Tuesday with the visiting International Olympic Committee delegation was one of his first moves since taking office Sunday.

The pair now at the center of the European project vowed to give it new impetus, saying they were ready to change treaties if necessary.

  • Leroy Wright