Putin congratulates new French president in call

Ivan Schwartz
May 19, 2017

Thursday's Cabinet meeting was largely about getting to know each other.

Mrs Merkel said the EU depended on France being strong, and that she and Mr Macron had a "joint conviction that we are not only going to deal with the British exit from the European Union, but we also need to deepen the EU".

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Those present included economy and budget ministers from the right, a TV environmentalist put in charge of ecology and energy, and a veteran Socialist who was defence minister in the preceding government but now has a Europe and foreign policy brief.

"We have agreed that we want to develop a road map, a road map for the EU's medium term perspective, projects that can not be created overnight", Merkel told reporters Monday during a joint press conference with Macron in Berlin.

"In no case the Elysee must decide those of us who are entitled or not to cover a visit, whatever the theme is", the letter stated.

Le Pen, Macron's rival in the second round of the presidential election, visited Russian Federation a few weeks before the vote for a highly publicized meeting with Putin. Collomb said his duty will be to protect the French people, to fight terrorism and to prevent youth from falling "in the grip" of the Islamic State group.

"First we need to work on what we want to change, and then if it turns out it needs a treaty change, then we're prepared to do that", she said.

In an important gesture to the right-wing Republicans party ahead of parliamentary elections next month, the crucial Economy Ministry will be run by prominent conservative Bruno Le Maire, 48. She is scheduled to give a television interview on Thursday night and an announcement is expected by week's end.

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A Harris Interactive poll found Macron's Republic on the Move party, together with allies, set to win the largest share of the vote in the first round of the National Assembly elections on June 11. A new failure could jinx her ambition to unite her National Front party and to make it the top opposition to Macron's government.

Bay says the party also hopes to pick up votes from "electoral orphans" unsatisfied with Macron and feeling betrayed by the mainstream right.

Macron held a defense council including the defense minister and the military chiefs to focus on security issues.

The leaders expressed intentions to "work together on pertinent global and regional issues, including the fight against terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement.

It said in a statement that Vladimir Putin on Thursday congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron on taking office and forming his Cabinet. The Kremlin said the two voiced readiness to develop their nations' "traditionally friendly" economic, political and cultural ties.

The Kremlin said the two leaders have "agreed to work jointly on acute worldwide and regional issues, including the fight against terrorism".

"Having different political backgrounds will not stop us working intelligently for France, this was the first message the president wanted to convey", government spokesman Christophe Castaner told a news conference.

The cabinet had their first weekly meeting in the Élysée presidential Palace in Paris today.

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