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© Stéphane de Sakutin, AFP | New French President Emmanuel Macron (C) walks inside the Élysée Palace in Paris on May 15, 2017.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-05-16

A day after new French President Emmanuel Macron appointed centre-right Édouard Philippe as prime minister, the much-expected announcement of his cabinet, set for Tuesday, was delayed 24 hours for extra vetting.

  • On Monday, a day after his inauguration, President Macron named his new prime minister, Les Républicains parliamentarian and Le Havre mayor Édouard Philippe.
  • A new government was due to be formed on Tuesday, but its naming has now been delayed until 3pm, Wednesday. The new cabinet is poised to be a balancing act: gender parity, political renewal and a blend of political left and right are all on the president's wishlist.
  • Macron's diplomatic agenda has already kicked off. He met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday and on Tuesday received members of the International Olympic Committee charged with attributing the 2024 Olympic Summer Games to stump for Paris's bid.

Revisit the day as it happened below.

Date created : 2017-05-16

  • OLYMPICS

    Macron vows full backing for Paris Olympics as IOC visit begins

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  • France

    Macron names centre-right politician Édouard Philippe as new PM

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  • FRANCE-GERMANY

    Macron pledges ‘profound’ EU reforms on first official visit to Berlin

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