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quinta-feira, 18 de maio de 2017

Macron blurs party lines with mixed French cabinet

French President Emmanuel Macron with newly-appointed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. [@EmmanuelMacron/Twitter]
The new cabinet of 22 people meets campaign pledges of being smaller than its predecessors and having gender parity, with European lawmaker Sylvie Goulard landing the prestigious defence portfolio.

Goulard will take over from veteran Socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian who will move over to foreign affairs, while right winger Bruno Le Maire was appointed economy minister.

Other key figures instrumental in Macron’s sensational victory in this month’s election were given senior roles, with the Socialist mayor of Lyon, Gerard Collomb, named as interior minister while centrist ally François Bayrou becomes justice minister.

Macron and his centre-right prime minister Edouard Philippe faced a tricky balancing act in choosing their first government, with 39-year-old Macron needing to keep his allies happy while opening up positions to Philippe’s rightwing Republicans party.

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