French president to meet EU's Tusk, reveal minister picks


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.

Among the names being touted by French media are three veteran socialists: outgoing defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and ex-World Trade Organisation boss Pascal Lamy. The 65-year-old came close, but ultimately failed, to destabilizing the battle that was fought between the Socialist's Segolene Royal and future President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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. Goulard, 52, is a European Parliament member and strongly pro-European centrist politician who will be expected to champion Macron's push for joint European military operations. High-profile conservative Bruno Le Maire (Le-mare) was the pick for the Finance Ministry.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, whom President Macron named on Monday, will lead the government, at least until the parliamentary elections scheduled for June. To that end, Nicolas Hulot, a well-known environmentalist, was named as ecology minister.

The foreign ministry portfolio does not usually officially include Europe.

Muriel Penicaud, the new labor minister, previously worked for food corporation Danone and French telecommunications group Orange. Phillippe part of the republican's party that was critically beaten by Macron's victory in the presidential campaign.

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Macron's office will announce the government lineup Wednesday afternoon, after a delay to dig deeper into proposed ministers' tax records and potential conflicts of interest. A series of tax evasion and other scandals hit the previous government.

France has a new prime minister but the announcement of the rest of government has been put back a day. "And conversely - in the event that "On the Move" wins - if there are many from "The Republicans" (on the right) and the UDI (Union of Democrats and Independents), then perhaps to contain the opposition, he will integrate more deputies from the right into his government", said Dominique Reynié, a professor at the SciencesPo institute in Paris and head of the think-tank Fondapol.

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.

Macron wants European militaries to work together more, and for eurozone countries to share a budget and tax rules.

Speaking with Tusk by his side, Macron said he's advocating "a less bureaucratic and a more political Europe" and relying on Tusk to "go even further in this work of re-shaping and setting in motion again a European ambition".