Emmanuel Macron holds first Cabinet meeting

French President Emmanuel Macron listens as Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo delivers her speech during a ceremony at the Hotel de Ville in Paris France Sunday

French President Emmanuel Macron listens as Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo delivers her speech during a ceremony at the Hotel de Ville in Paris France Sunday

France's new President Emmanuel Macron is hosting the International Olympic Committee to try to boost Paris' bid to beat out Los Angeles in the heated race for the 2024 Games.

"I am not handing over power to a political opponent, it's far simpler", Hollande said on Thursday.

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Gerard Collomb, the Socialist mayor of Lyon, France's third-biggest city, makes his debut in national government at the age of 69.

When Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, France will be the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Philippe was the expected choice for PM, though he was not well known in France until last week. One diplomat said the changes in president and ministers would enable a review of Paris' positioning on key issues such as the crises in Syria and Libya.

Germany's Sigmar Gabriel said in a statement it's important "that we move Europe forward together, that we take the initiative and get the German-French engine running at full speed".

The newly elected French president unveiled his cabinet yesterday, honouring his pledge to introduce gender-parity across the roles, with half of the 22 posts taken up by women.

In the opposite camp, the Socialists have shown greater readiness to work with Macron, who quit the departing Socialist government to run for president.

Bruno Le Maire, a German-speaking pro-European from the center-right Republicans party, was appointed finance minister.

Other positions were filled by ministers from civil society.

Renowned ecologist and former TV star Nicolas Hulot has been named Minister of Ecology.

His appointment has surprised many all across the board as Macron wishes to govern outside the traditional French left-right divide.

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

France's new president has said he wants a mix of experience and new blood - a balance he has attempted to achieve in his slate of candidates for the June 11-18 election. He backed Macron earlier this year.

The new defense minister is 59-year-old centrist politician Sylvie Goulard, who began her career with the French Foreign Affairs Ministry.

In addition, Richard Ferrand, secretary general of Macron's La Republique En Marche!

In keeping with Macron's independent centrist line and goal of reshaping French politics, his ministers include both Socialists and conservatives.

The new president's wife Brigitte, a 64-year-old who was his high school drama teacher, arrived separately for the ceremony wearing a light blue Louis Vuitton outfit.

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