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France's Macron holds first cabinet meeting

AP     18th May, 2017 11:06:39 printer

France's Macron holds first cabinet meeting

French President Emmanuel Macron has gathered his newly-named government for his first Cabinet meeting — an assembly that looks significantly different than its predecessors.


The government, appointed on Wednesday, is a mix of 22 prominent and unknown figures from the left and the right, half of them women.


They arrived smiling Thursday, briefly posing for photographs on the front porch of the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris.


The most senior Cabinet job, interior minister, went to Gerard Collomb, 69, long-time Socialist mayor of Lyon who played a key role in Macron's presidential bid.


Jean-Yves Le Drian, 69, former defense minister under former President Francois Hollande, stays on in Macron's government as foreign minister and Europe minister.


The armed forces are now led by centrist, pro-European Sylvie Goulard, 52.