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German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron at the Chancellery in Berlin on Monday. Macron and Merkel have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the European Union and Merkel strongly applauded Macron's ele Edouard Philippe is French Prime Minister
Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 23:44

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.

Macron's long term ally Gerard Collomb, the mayor of Lyon, is named interior minister and centrist François Bayrou, who joined forces with Macron at a crucial point in the campaign was named minister for justice.

He is a close ally of Alain Juppé, the former prime minister who ran unsuccessfully in the center-right presidential primary past year.

Le Maire shares pro-European views with Sylvie Goulard, a former member of the European Parliament for the centrist Democratic Movement who is now the defense minister.

In 2007, Bayrou's unexpected popularity - winning almost 7 million votes in the first round - took the French establishment by surprise.

Macron appointed Philippe, a lawmaker from the moderate wing of The Republicans party, on Monday to head his first government in a move aimed at broadening his political appeal and weakening opponents before parliamentary elections in June. He's also a member of the mainstream-right Republicans party that was badly battered by Macron's victory in the presidential campaign.

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron has gathered his newly-named government for his first Cabinet meeting - an assembly that looks significantly different than its predecessors.

Muriel Penicaud, the new labor minister, previously worked for food corporation Danone and French telecommunications group Orange.

Le Drian, who has nurtured close ties with African and Middle Eastern leaders and developed Paris' relationship in Asia, is likely to leave much of the European portfolio to junior minister Marielle De Sarnez, a centrist European expert who has been a member of the European parliament since 1999.

Macron and his Prime Minister Philippe Edouard named Bruno Le Maire from the right-wing Republicans party as the minister for economy.

Christophe Castaner, Macron's campaign spokesman, said on Sunday this was the kind of tough choice that would have to be made in Macron's inner circle now that the battle for the presidential Elysee Palace was won.

Meanwhile, Macron insiders say that as well as a foreign minister he may nominate an influential European affairs minister. Macron named a mix of prominent and unknown figu.

The first ministerial cabinet meeting will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. local time (0900GMT). He'll meet Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni Wednesday evening in Paris.

Keeping him in government should also ensure continuity in negotiations now underway.

Some could be replaced after next month's parliamentary election, depending on how many seats Macron's fledgling Republique En Marche (REM) party wins.

Macron and Merkel pledged Monday to work closely together to draw up a "road map" of reforms for the European Union, saying that they're both prepared even to implement treaty changes if needed.