Macron names cabinet, supporters in key ministries

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.

He joins Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who Macron named Monday, a day after taking office as president.

He was one of the first to support Macron when he left the government and launched his own political movement En Marche!

The Socialist mayor of Lyon Gerard Collomb was appointed interior minister, a key position as France deals with continued terror threats following a series of deadly attacks over the past two years.

A minister for agriculture under ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, Le Maire made a failed bid for the Republicans presidential nomination past year when he finished a disappointing fifth.

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.

Nicolas Hulot is a prominent environmental campaigner and documentary journalist whose television series promotes environmentalism while showing off attractive landscapes.

Ahead of legislative elections in June, Republican party campaign chief François Baroin accused Macron of "putting a bomb under politics rather than remodelling it".

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

Macron faced a tricky balancing act in naming his first government, with the 39-year-old needing to keep his allies happy while opening up positions to the rightwing Republicans party. He took his place to lead European and foreign affairs.

Well-respected in Berlin, the trained lawyer helped arrange Macron's first meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in March, when he was still a candidate for president.

France's newly appointed interior minister, Gerard Collomb, says his first duties will be to protect the French people, to fight terrorism and to prevent some youth in the country from falling "in the grip" of the Islamic State group.

The Socialist party labeled the lineup a right-wing government that would "break up public services" and contained too many seasoned veterans to bring any real renewal.

A high-profile conservative politician has been named as France's finance minister in President Emmanuel Macron's first government.

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

Former president Francois Hollande was left red-faced by revelations in 2012 that his budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, a plastic surgeon, had a bank account in Switzerland where he had hidden income from tax authorities.

French President Emmanuel Macron waits to welcome UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

The 52-year-old German-speaker is a prominent pro-Europe politician and was elected a member of the European parliament in 2009. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

  • Salvatore Jensen