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Published on 19 May 2017

#France - France's Macron selects his government from left, right and centre

New president carried out his promise to appoint the same number of women as men – but just one gets a top role.

Published by The Guardian, 17th May 2017

The new French president, Emmanuel Macron has unveiled his first government – an unprecedented mix of figures from parties on the left, right and centre, including a right-wing economy minister who previously served under Nicolas Sarkozy.

Macron’s appointment this week of a prime minister, Edouard Philippe, from right-wing party Les Républicains, sparked other figures to join government from the right.

Bruno Le Maire, 48, a former agriculture minister and secretary of state for Europe under Sarkozy, was named economy minister, a role which Macron once held himself. Gérald Darmanin, another Sarkozy ally from the right, will work with him in charge of public finances.

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