In Pictures: Elysée unveils France's new government ministers

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday unveiled the names of his 18 government ministers. FRANCE 24 takes look at an unorthodox mix of cabinet picks, which includes the same number of men as women.

Gérard Collomb, Interior Minister

Collomb, 69, the Socialist mayor of the city of Lyon, was one of President Macron’s earliest political backers.

Nicolas Hulot, Environment Minister

Hulot, 62, a former journalist turned star TV presenter, turned environmentalist, has been flirting with politics for years, but this is his first government post.

François Bayrou, Justice Minister

Bayrou, 65, is a centrist figurehead in French politics, head of the MoDem party. A veteran of three presidential races, he stepped aside in 2017 to endorse Macron.

Sylvie Goulard, Defence Minister

Goulard, 52, is a centrist politician from the south of France and a member of the European Parliament since 2009

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister

Until recently a member of France’s Socialist Party, Le Drian, 69, served as François Hollande's defence minister during the former president’s entire mandate.

Richard Ferrand, Territorial Integration Minister

Ferrand, 54, another ex-Socialist lawmaker became secretary general of Macron’s independent En Marche! movement in October 2016,

Agnès Buzyn, Health Minister

Buzyn, 54, is a doctor and professor of medicine with no previous political experience.

Françoise Nyssen, Culture Minister

Nyssen, 65, is the head of an independant but growing French publishing company Actes Sud, and the daughter of its founder Hubert Nyssen.

Bruno Le Maire, Finance Minister

A moderate member of the conservative Les Républicains party until his appointment, 48-year-old Le Maire served as a junior minister for European affairs under former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Muriel Pénicaud, Labour Minister

Pénicaud, 62, has worked as an executive for several French multinationals, including defence giant Dassault, Danone and telecomm firm Orange.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, Education Minister

A lawyer by training, Blanquer, 52, worked as a high-level civil servant in France’s education ministry from 2009 and 2012 and is an expert on Latin America.

Jacques Mézard, Agriculture Minister

A member of a satellite party affiliated to France’s mainstream Socialists, Mézard, 69, has served as a Senator for the dairy-rich Cantal region during the past nine years.

Gérald Darmanin, Budget Minister

The youngest minister in France’s new government, 34-year-old Darmanin worked as Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign director in his failed presidential primary bid last year.

Frédérique Vidal, Higher Education and Research Minister

Vidal, 53, is a biochemist by training and, until her ministerial nomination, the president of the University of Nice.

Annick Girardin, Overseas Territories Minister

The 52-year-old Girardin is a French politician and resident of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a French territory near the Canadian province of Newfoundland.

Laura Flessel, Sports Minister

Flessel, 45, is a five-time Olympic medallist fencer and France's flag-bearer at the London 2012 Games.

Elisabeth Borne, Junior Minister for Transportation

Borne, 56, was the head of the Paris area’s expansive RATP public transport network between 2015 and 2017, but also worked previously for a handful of Socialist government ministers.

Marielle de Sarnez, Junior Minister for European Affairs

The 66-year-old Sarnez has been a European MP since 1999, and is a leading figure in François Bayrou’s centrist MoDem party.