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Edouard named as French premier

20 May 2017

On his second full day in office, French President Emmanuel Macron has met with the United Nations secretary-general for talks on global issues such as peace and security.

Emmanuel Macron has appointed unknown lawmaker to present as Prime Minister of the region.

There has been widespread speculation about whether other young modernisers from the centre-right such as Bruno Le Maire or Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet could follow suit and join the government.

In Germany, Macron's election victory on May 7 stoked an election-year fight between Merkel's Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats, who said his ascent to the presidency was the signal for the chancellor to dump fiscal austerity in Europe.

As a presidential candidate, Macron called for a "new Franco-German deal" that would involve "much more structured cooperation" on investment, on European border security, and on defense.

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The armed forces will now be led by Sylvie Goulard, the most senior woman in the government.

Members of civil society without government work on their resumes were appointed to some ministerial posts.

By appointing Philippe, Macron has passed over some loyal followers including Richard Ferrand, a former Socialist who was one of the first to join Macron's cause a year ago and is secretary general of REM. Nicolas Hulot, the well-known host of a television show focusing on nature and the environment, was named minister for environment transition.

Alexis Kohler (Ko-LAIR), Macron's general secretary at the presidential Elysee Palace, made the announcement Wednesday. He was the first major Socialist politician to decide to back Macron's presidential bid.

On his first full day in office and shortly after naming his new prime ministerEdouard Philippe, Macron made his first worldwide trip as French president to Germany, meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

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But Le Drian was one of only two outgoing ministers to be kept on, reflecting Macron's desire for a fresh approach.

Winning the Games would be a big boost for France after years of fading global influence - and a boost for Mr Macron as the untested 39-year-old president embarks on his term and a risky effort to reinvigorate the French economy. She started her professional career at the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, where she was a member of the team that negotiated the consequences of Germany's reunification in 1989-1990.

In his busy first week, Macron met EU Council President Donald Tusk in Paris late Wednesday as he tackles his top foreign priority of reforming the European Union.

Mr Macron said that he would work with Mrs Merkel on a "road map", and that they needed to work on "deep reforms that are necessary and need common work". A series of tax evasion and other scandals hit the previous government.

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Edouard named as French premier