France's new president has unveiled his cabinet ministers on Wednesday, selecting a mix of political hues to broaden his support.
Among the 18 ministers, four are affiliated with the left, two belong to the right, two are part of the centrist movement Modem, two other ministers come from Macron's political movement and there's one member
France's foreign ministry has now become the ministry for Europe and foreign affairs, showing Macron's pro-European stance.
Macron seemed to have also paid attention to gender, having chosen nine female ministers.
"Macron has tried to strike a fine political balance to maximize his chances of building a
He added that the choices are "consistent with President Emmanuel Macron's strategy to maximize his chances of forming a parliamentary majority after the mid-June legislative elections. Specifically, the appointments of rising center-right figures Bruno Le Maire as economy minister and Gerald Darmanin as
Le Maire was a former agriculture minister under rightwing president Nicolas Sarkozy. He was one of the big names on the right that withdrew his support to Francois Fillon and called for him to step down in the light of the Penelopegate scandal.
Gerald Darmanin also quit from his position as deputy secretary general in the wake of the
The first cabinet meeting takes place Thursday at 10 am London time.