President Emmanuel Macron was spending Tuesday selecting his cabinet with new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
Just back from meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Macron is huddling with Philippe throughout the day with the list of ministers is due to be released at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Paris.
Macron this month became the first French president to be elected without the support of either of the country’s major political parties after promising to overcome the ideological divisions that have long hampered policy making.
As such, he has a delicate balancing act to pull off as he seeks a mix of men and women, political backgrounds, and technical experience.
“He always said his government will have gender parity with people from various political backgrounds and from civil society,” Richard Ferrand, Macron’s campaign chief, said on France Inter radio Tuesday. “Getting over divisions means everyone can have their own political background, but still work for the common good.”
Philippe, who was appointed Monday, is the mayor of the port city of Le Havre and also a member of parliament from the center-right Republicans party. Macron was a minister in the government of Socialist President Francois Hollande.