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France's President Macron appoints cabinet with figures from the left and right

Emmanuel Macron's support for the Paris bid is seen as symbolically important, and his decision to meet Tuesday with the visiting International Olympic Committee delegation was one of his first moves since taking office Sunday.

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"I am counting a lot on President Tusk and his leadership to go further in this overhaul".

He is the most famous face MAcron has brought in from civic society, which was one of his pledges.

Newly named French economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, 48, left, acknowledges applause from his predecessor, Michel Sapin, during an handover ceremony in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

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President Macron took office May 14 and will now have to deal with a slate of difficulties for the country, such as unemployment, terrorist threats and political division.

Collomb says his "constant efforts" will be to prevent some French youth from "falling into radicalization" and from perpetrating "the odious attacks we have known in recent years".

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.

France will be the European Union's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council once Britain leaves the bloc.

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.

For the post of interior minister, he picked Mr Gerard Collomb, the Lyon Mayor who was one of the first Socialists to be a vocal supporter of Mr Macron.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, 69, who led France's military operations overseas as former President Francois Hollande's defence minister, will stay on in Macron's government as foreign minister.

The biggest surprise was the appointment of television star and environmentalist Nicolas Hulot as ecology minister.

Macron on Monday named center-right politician Edouard Philippe of the Republicans as his Prime Minister.

Macron faced a tricky balancing act in naming his first government, with the 39-year-old needing to keep his allies happy while opening up positions to the rightwing Republicans party.

Former president Francois Hollande was left red-faced by revelations in 2012 that his budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, a plastic surgeon, had a bank account in Switzerland where he had hidden income from tax authorities.

In addition, Richard Ferrand, secretary general of Macron's La Republique En Marche! He was the first major Socialist politician to decide to back Macron's presidential bid.

The announcement will be made at 1300 GMT.

The Defense Ministry may remain in the hands of Socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian to ensure continuity in French military operations against Islamic extremists in Syria, Iraq and Africa.

On the occasion of the investiture of the new president, which took place on May 14, the Pope sent his good wishes for the exercise of the office, that it be "at the service" of all the people of France.

She has been a member of the European Parliament since 2009.

New Sports Minister Laura Flessel arrives for the first weekly cabinet meeting under new French President Emmanuel Macron, Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris.


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