French President Macron’s government brings together mix of old and new faces

STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP | Alexis Kohler, Secretary General of the Elysee presidentiel Palace announces the composition of the French government, on May 17, 2017 in Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled his slate of cabinet ministers on Wednesday afternoon. He appointed a mix of political hues as part of his promise to bridge the right-left divide.

  • As interior minister, Macron chose Gerard Collomb, the mayor of Lyon who was one of the first Socialists to be a vocal supporter of Macron.
  • Centrist François Bayrou, whose party Modem supported Macron during his campaign, was named minister of justice.
  • Jean-Yves Le Drian, outgoing Socialist defence minister and a close friend of ex-president François Hollande, was named foreign minister and minister for Europe.
  • Of the 18 ministers, nine are women and nine are men, a reflection of Macron's campaign promise of gender parity.
  • Sylvie Goulard, a centrist EU lawmaker, was named defence minister.
  • The cabinet nominations come two days after Macron named a centre-right parliamentarian, Le Havre mayor Edouard Philippe, as his prime minister.
  • The first cabinet meeting will take place Thursday morning. 

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