Emmanuel Macron became on Sunday, the eighth president of the Fifth French Republic during a day full of symbols. On Monday, the new Chief of the Armed forces should know the name of the prime minister before leaving for Germany where he will meet Angela Merkel for her first trip abroad.
Emmanuel Macron should know from this Monday morning the name of the one he has chosen to lead his first government. The name of Edouard Philippe , 46, deputy mayor of Le Havre and Republicans close to Alain Juppé, was circulated insistently during the weekend.
The choice of prime minister , charged with forming a government within 48 hours will be crucial. The new president must convince his ability to gather around his project “neither right nor left”and seeks a majority before the legislative elections on the 11th and 18th June. The appointment, choosing a prime minister coming from the right could lead some among Republicans, to take the step to be candidates in the presidential majority.
At Matignon, the team of Bernard Cazeneuve has made arrangements for the handover to take place on Monday. The staff was summoned for 8.30am as a “precaution” .
The new president will then leave for Berlin , first foreign visit to this convinced European, who at the time Brexit and the rise of nationalism, promised to work for the rebuilding of a European Union in crisis.