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France's new president in Berlin after naming prime minister


Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, is seeking to attract support from the rightwing Republicans party and appointed a prime minister from their ranks, Edouard Philippe, on Monday.

Edouard Philippe, 46, a lawmaker and mayor of the port city of Le Havre, is from the moderate wing of the main centre-right party, The Republicans, and will provide a counterweight to former Socialist members of parliament who have joined Mr Macron's cause.

The announcement of the government of newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has been delayed to Wednesday, his office said on Tuesday.

Additionally, it should also be noted that the center-left Socialist party received roughly 6 percent of the votes in the first round of the presidential contest, making the center-right the richer pond in which Macron can fish.

So far his appointments to his presidential team have all gone to men under 50, a lot of them graduates like him of France's elite ENA college for senior public servants - which has turned out generations of French politicians.

After a private meeting with his former mentor Hollande and his first speech as president, Macron headed up the rainy Champs Elysees in an army vehicle, waving to small crowds of wellwishers who gathered along the famed avenue.

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He, however, asserted that "CPEC does not affect China's position on Kashmir". "China is neutral to this". The meeting was attended by 29 world leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

And that matters, because Macron is heading into June's legislative elections with a slate of candidates (roughly half of whom are women, including a female horse-mounted bullfighter and air force pilot who flew in Syria) for a party formed barely a year ago.

Philippe is close to former Prime Minister Alain Juppe.

Leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon said that Philippe's appointment as premier showed the right had been "annexed" by the tentacular Macron.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she has no intention of telling France what to do as new President Emmanuel Macron tries to revive his country's economy.

"He always said his government will have gender parity with people from various political backgrounds and from civil society", Richard Ferrand, Macron's campaign chief, said on France Inter radio Tuesday.

"A whole section of the centre and the right is ready to cross the line", the conservative Le Figaro daily wrote Tuesday.

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But he came under worldwide pressure to reverse his decision, particularly from the European Union, which Macedonia aspires to join.

"Only 5% were MPs in the outgoing French parliament - and those MPs were all from the Socialist left".

Among the non-politicians to be offered roles is well-known environmentalist Nicolas Hulot, a source in the presidency said.

The chancellor's coalition is at odds over how to respond to his calls for closer European Union integration, with some conservatives fearful the euro zone could develop into a " transfer union" in which Germany is asked to pay for spendthrift states.

Merkel warmly welcomed the fourth president to occupy the Elysee Palace since she came to power 12 years ago. He later pledged to support Macron who emerged as a victor with an unassailable lead.

That should give a welcome burst of energy to the much-maligned European Union and efforts to fix it, even if Macron and Merkel won't necessarily agree on how.

Merkel, however, appeared keen to support Macron ahead of next month's general election in which he will faces a tough battle to win an outright majority.

Merkel party humiliates SPD rivals in last test before election
Martin Schulz, chairman of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Chancellor candidate for the upcoming general election. The party landed an unprecedented victory past year by defeating Merkel's party in her home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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