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Macron's first non-Europe trip focuses on fighting extremism

Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 22:53

Nicolas Hulot, a veteran ecologist activist, was named as ecology minister.

Press freedom group Reporters without Borders - which also signed the letter - condemned the new French government's "concerning signal to the press".

Journalists were cleared out of the presidential palace press room soon after his inauguration last Sunday and were kept at a distance during the first meeting of his government on Thursday.

Macron, who will also verify his choices for government ministers, is hosting Donald Tusk in the Elysee Palace in a sign of the new French president's determination to shore up European unity.

In his first cabinet line-up, the new head of state mixed profiles unknown for public with others coming from the political mainstream to end decades of right-left divide.

Macron was expected to emphasise the need for closer European cooperation in the fight against jihadists, especially with fellow EU heavyweight Germany, French officials said.

Gao, Mali: President Emmanuel Macron undertakes his first trip as commander-in-chief on Friday when he meets troops fighting Islamist militants in Mali where the security situation has worsened despite French intervention more than four years ago.

He's been seen as a behind-the-scenes mentor for Macron, pledging his support even before he launched his presidential campaign.

It turns out, on the very same day as the French election, democracy of a different stripe was heating up far away in Iran - with a scene that looked surprisingly similar to Macron's moment of truth at the shuttering factory.

After the meeting, Macron talked by phone with Putin about possible cooperation on worldwide issues, including the fight against terrorism.

Accoyer announced that the conservatives who joined the government were struck off the party.

"The two presidents expressed a mutual desire to develop the traditionally friendly ties between the two countries in politics, trade, economy, cultural, humanitarian and other sectors", the Kremlin said in a statement. The most senior Cabinet job, interior minister, went to Gerard Collomb, 69, the long-time Socialist mayor of Lyon who played a key role in Macron's presidential bid.

Popular Socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian had barely left his post of defense minister under President Francois Hollande when he was handed the vital portfolio of foreign affairs and Europe.

Macron said in a speech to French armed forces during a visit to the West African nation that French-led military efforts aim to create the conditions of a "sustainable peace".