French President Emmanuel Macron has named center-right Republican Party lawmaker Edouard Philippe as prime minister.
France’s presidential office announced the selection of Philippe on Monday, one day after Macron’s inauguration.
Philippe is 46 years old.
Local media report Philippe knew Macron before becoming a lawmaker and that they share many similarities, such as experience working in the private sector.
The two leaders have reportedly agreed there is a need to foster unity across party lines.
Macron is expected to select the rest of his Cabinet from the left and right of the political spectrum. The first cabinet meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to work together to deepen the integration of the European Union.
Macron met Merkel in the German capital Berlin on Monday. He was on his first foreign visit a day after his inauguration.
At a joint news conference after the meeting, Macron noted that he faces many challenges, and that he must implement the reforms that France needs.
Macron expressed his resolve to address the French people’s dissatisfaction with social disparity that was expressed in the presidential election, and to tackle unemployment.
Merkel said the interests of Germany are closely tied to the interests of France. She said that Germany and Europe will only do well if there is a strong France.
The two leaders leaders agreed to jointly draw up a road map to stabilize the eurozone and strengthen the unity of the EU ahead of Britain’s planned exit from the bloc.
There is growing frustration among people in both France and Germany over the EU and its immigration policies. Media agencies