Macron cabinet: Half of France's new ministers are women

With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

Before their meeting, Macron said he wants a Europe that is both more conducive to investment and more protective of workers.

Tusk approved the goals proposed by Macron and said "words such as security, protection, dignity and pride must return to our political dictionary".

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Le Drian was seen as the driving force behind France's counter-terrorism operations in West Africa and the Middle East, and a key player in efforts to fight the threat from Islamist militants at home by putting some 10,000 soldiers on the streets of France.

France's new foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian (John-Eve Le DREE-on), has vowed to promote the country's "key role" in the global community.

His new role puts him in charge of France's police and, as such, of any terror-related investigations in the country.

Germany's foreign minister quickly welcomed Le Drian, describing him as someone of "enormous political experience and great renown".

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to end the suspense over his first government on Wednesday after a 24-hour delay in unveiling what he has promised will be a new-look cabinet.

France's new President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (15 May) vowed to give a new impetus to Europe, even if it requires treaty change, after Macron appointed a prime minister from the conservative camp.

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They are also strategic, with Mr. Macron, a former Socialist Economy Minister, reaching out to the moderate right of the Les Republicains (LR) party in order to get their support in the National Assembly, which will be reconstituted in June following elections.

A former minister in the outgoing Socialist government, Macron has already convinced dozens of Socialist MPs to run on his general election ticket.

Sylvie Goulard, a 52-year-old centrist MEP from the southern city of Marseille, is little known to the French public, having spent much of her career in Brussels.

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

Along with politicians, the government will feature new faces from civil society, including black Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel, renowned environmentalist Nicolas Hulot and publisher Francoise Nyssen.

In an unprecedented move for post-war France, Emmanuel Macron has fulfilled his promise of being a reunifying President by naming a right-wing politician outside of his own party as prime minister.

A former university history teacher, he has spent 35 years in politics and is president of the Brittany region.

Later Wednesday, Macron will host European Council President Donald Tusk at the Elysee Palace for a private dinner.

Collomb has spearheaded several major projects to revitalise Lyon since becoming mayor in 2001. He backed Macron earlier this year.

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