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French President Macron unveils 'gender even' Cabinet

News Agencies | Updated on: 18 May 2017, 10:40 IST
French President Macron unveils 'gender even' Cabinet (ANI)

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled his Cabinet with women filling half of the 22 positions.

Heavyweight posts like Defence and Labour went to women. Sylvie Goulard became the Defence Minister, while Murielle Penicaud took the Labour office. Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel became the Sports Minister.

The distinct gender even Cabinet granted offices like Health, Culture, Agriculture, Education and Digital Affairs to women.

Macron, who became the youngest President in the French history, appointed Edouard Philippe, center-right politician of the Republicans, as his Prime Minister.

According to CNN, Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's National Front criticised Macron's Cabinet picks, saying he had brought back 'personalities who have already significantly demonstrated their complete incompetence.'

The party added, 'A large number of ministers from the ranks of the Republicans, in addition to the Prime Minister himself, also confirms that the Republicans will not be able to claim to be a force opposed to the power in place.'


First published: 18 May 2017, 10:40 IST