Emmanuel Macron Names Left-Right Cabinet With Gender Parity and Female ‘Armed Forces’ Minister


France’s new French president Emmanuel Macron has picked his government with a mixture of Left and Right wingers and gender parity, including a female defence minister.

Mr Macron, 39, had delayed announcing the ministers due to last-minute negotiations and checks that none had tax issues.

He had announced his intention to have a slimmed-down government of 15 ministers. In the event, some 22 were named, half women, half men and including figures from civil society. A member of the Macron entourage said that 16 were “full ministers” and four junior ministers.

“This is another promise kept by the president,” said the source.

“This is a government of renewal that only has two figures who were ministers in the previous administration,” she added. “It translates an unprecedented reconstruction of our political life.”

After naming conservative Edouard Philippe, a member of The Republicans party, as his prime minister on Monday, Mr Macron picked Gerard Collomb, veteran Socialist mayor of Lyon, as interior minister and government number two.

Sylvie Goulard, a centrist MEP, was named armed forces minister.

She takes over from Jean-Yves Le Drian, outgoing Socialist defence minister and a close friend of ex-President Francois Hollande, who was named minister of “Europe and foreign affairs” in a new title underlining the importance of Europe for Mr Macron.

Mr Macron picked Bruno Le Maire a pro-European, German-speaking Right-winger from The Republicans, as his economy minister.

Francois Bayrou, centrist leader of Modem, was named  justice minister, and will be in charge of pushing through Mr Macron’s first law on “moralising” political life.

Nicolas Hulot, a highly popular former wildlife documentary TV presenter, seen as the Gallic David Attenborough, was named environment minister, after refusing to join the cabinets of several previous administrations.

While gender parity was respected, commentators pointed out that only one of the top five roles – defence – went to a woman with the 10 other female appointees taking culture, labour, sports and health, among other portfolios.

A publisher became culture minister, just one of several political newcomers Mr Macron had promised to bring into his team, along with Mr Hulot.

Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel, 45 and from the French island of Guadeloupe was named sports minister.

Subscribe to Our VIP Newsletter

Previous articleAgain, Dasuki’s Absence Stalls N13.5bn Fraud Trial
Next articlePhoto News: Gov. Ambode Commissions Abule-Egba Fly-Over Bridge “Jubilee Bridge”
Hamilton Nwosa

The New Diplomat stands for ethical journalism, press freedom, accountable republic, and gender-equity. That is why at The New Diplomat, we are committed to speaking truth to power, fostering a robust community of responsible journalism, and using high quality polls, data, and surveys to engage the public with compelling narratives about political, business, socio-economic, environmental, and situational dynamics in Nigeria, Africa, and globally. From our insightful reports of political issues to our riveting investigations and analyses of business, socio-economic, and cross-cutting sectors, The New Diplomat remains ever committed to investigative reporting and ethical journalism. Support and partner with The New Diplomat today, to guarantee a positive future for all under an atmosphere of free press!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here