New French president Emmanuel Macron holds first Cabinet meeting

French president Emmanuel Macron has gathered his Cabinet for its first meeting - an assembly which looks significantly different to its predecessors.

The government appointed on Wednesday is a mix of 22 prominent and unknown figures from the left and the right, with half of them women.

The new Cabinet posed briefly for photographs on the front porch of the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron, 2nd right, faces his Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, while attending the first cabinet meeting with newly named ministers at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Pic: AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron, 2nd right, faces his Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, while attending the first cabinet meeting with newly named ministers at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Pic: AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool

The most senior Cabinet job, interior minister, went to Gerard Collomb, 69, long-time Socialist mayor of Lyon who played a key role in Mr Macron's presidential bid.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, 69, former defence minister under former president Francois Hollande, stays on in Mr Macron's government as foreign minister and Europe minister.

The armed forces are now led by centrist, pro-European Sylvie Goulard, 52.

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