France's Macron holds 1st Cabinet meeting; half are women

Mayor of Le Havre Edouard Philippe | Charly Triballeau  AFP via Getty Images

Mayor of Le Havre Edouard Philippe | Charly Triballeau AFP via Getty Images

Tusk approved the guidelines proposed by Macron and said "words such as security, protection, dignity and pride must return to our political dictionary".

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.

Germany's foreign minister quickly welcomed Le Drian, describing him as someone of "enormous political experience and great renown".

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.

The Cabinet includes 18 ministers and 4 junior ministers, half of them women and half men.

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has joked about the almost 25-year age gap between French President Emmanuel Macron and his older wife, calling her the leader's "beautiful mum".

It's a delicate balancing act, as Macron tries to redesign French politics by borrowing ministers from left and right and new faces. He has been named justice minister.

Baroin reacted sharply to a suggestion that Macron, a 39-year-old ex-banker who served briefly as economy minister in a Socialist government, was reshaping politics.

Environmentalist Nicolas Hulot, takes charge of ecology, and publisher Francoise Nyssen became culture minister.

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.

Alexis Kohler (Ko-LAIR), Macron's general secretary at the presidential Elysee Palace, made the announcement Wednesday.

Without a parliamentary majority, he will find it hard to push through his ambitious plans to loosen France's strict labor laws, boost entrepreneurship and reduce class sizes in tough neighborhoods.

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.

France's former defense minister has been named as foreign minister and centrist politician Sylvie Goulard (Goo-LARR) defense minister in French President Emmanuel Macron's first government.

Macron is also working Tuesday to form a government after naming low-profile, center-right Edouard Philippe as prime minister.

He supervised French military operations in Mali, Central African Republic, Iraq and Syria.

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

Tusk was one of the first prominent European voices to congratulate Macron on his May 7 presidential election runoff victory over far-right and anti-EU politician Marine Le Pen.

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