Mixture of old and new faces in Macron's first government

"Perhaps, we can learn from the French in certain things".

Collomb, a 69-year-old Socialist, has been a long-time mayor of Lyon.

Le Drian vowed to promote the country's "key role" in the global community, noting continuity between his previous position and his new diplomatic job.

When Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, France will be the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Le Drian says he expects France to play a crucial role in a "complex, fragile, unstable global situation".

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron is building a new government with a fresh face - lean, half-female and tasked to carry out plans to rethink labor laws and overhaul politics.

On Tuesday, he and Philippe had been expected to finalize and announce a government which Macron says will bridge France's entrenched left-right divide and breathe new life into the country's jaded political landscape.

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.

Mr Philippe and Mr Macron chose experienced politicians from the left, the centre and the right for the main positions.

Outgoing Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a Socialist, may keep his post, to ensure continuity in French military operations against Islamic extremists in Syria, Iraq and Africa.

Macron and his Prime Minister Philippe Edouard named Bruno Le Maire from the right-wing Republicans party as the minister for economy.

Nicolas Hulot, a highly-popular former wildlife documentary TV presenter, seen as the Gallic David Attenborough, was named Environment Minister.

Winning the games would be a big boost for France after years of fading global influence - and a boost for Mr Macron as the untested 39-year-old president embarks on his term and a risky effort to reinvigorate the French economy. Moreover, the choice of Le Maire is also probably aimed at sending a strong signal to Germany about Macron's commitment to reform.

However, 21 LR members of parliament, including some party heavyweights and former ministers, issued a joint statement urging the party to positively respond to the "hand extended by the president".

"They're trying to make a consensus government in order to get things done, so for the moment I'll give Macron the benefit of the doubt", said Clairinvest fund manager Ion-Marc Valahu.

Another conservative Gerald Darmanin, was appointed budget minister.

He was the first major Socialist politician to decide to back Macron's presidential bid.

On his second full day in office, French President Emmanuel Macron has met with the United Nations secretary-general for talks on global issues such as peace and security.

NAN reports that of the 12,000 French troops engaged in peacekeeping operations around the world, almost half are deployed in Africa in both military and advisory capacities. He took his place to lead European and foreign affairs. She was an advisor of former European Commission president Romano Prodi.

This item has been corrected to show that Goulard is 52 years old, not 59.

French President Emmanuel Macron waits for a guest on the steps at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 16, 2017.

  • Leroy Wright