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French president Macron names centre-right politician Edouard Philippe as PM

He traveled to Berlin a day after being sworn in, continuing a tradition of French presidents making their first foreign trip to Germany.

Many conservatives around Merkel are sceptical of Macron's calls for closer integration.

Then, a large crowd outside the chancellery welcomed Macron to Berlin, with some waving European Union flags.

Olivier Ihl, an academic from the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies, said the visit was "an important moment because he wants to relaunch Franco-German cooperation in a Europe that is on its knees".

"The renovation is on the move [en marche in French, a play on the name of En Marche! party founded by Macron]: six appointments, six men, six whites, six enarques [graduates of prestigious Ecole nationale d'administration]".

Looking ahead to her meeting with Macron, she added: "I will say first let us have openness, to find things in common, and not start with everything that can't be done". "He has placed himself outside of our political family", LR secretary general Bernard Accoyer said.

The ceremony was held on Monday at Hotel Matignon, the official Paris residence of the prime minister of France. He represented the Socialist Party in his early career but has gradually shifted to the right.

Furthermore, by picking a young modernizer for the prime ministerial role, the new head of state, who pledged to turn the page of the right-left ruling era, sent a strong sign of political renewal that he has bet on in order to reunite divided French citizens and make France stronger, analysts said.

He was a socialist in his younger days before switching his allegiances to the right.

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French far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who won almost 20 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidential election, also reacted with hostility.

The National Front has had only two lawmakers in the National Assembly.

Macron needs a parliamentary majority to push through his ambitious plans to loosen France s strict labour laws, boost entrepreneurship and reduce class sizes in tough neighbourhoods.

Mr Philippe, 46, is the mayor of Le Havre and a close associate of Alain Juppe, a prominent conservative who was touted to replace Francois Fillon as presidential candidate for the Republicans.

Mr Juppe said the Mr Philippe was "a man of great talent" with "all the qualities to handle the hard job".

Philippe served as Juppe's campaign spokesman during the Republicans party primary.

On his first full day in office and shortly after naming his new prime ministerEdouard Philippe, Macron made his first worldwide trip as French president to Germany, meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

The announcement was made on Monday by Alexis Kohler, Macron's new general secretary at the presidential Elysee Palace.

Since 2010, Philippe has been mayor of Le Havre, France's second-largest port, which was a longtime communist stronghold before drifting to the center-right as its economy diversified.

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