The pale political renewal of Macron's first government

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The makeup of French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government is crucial to his chances of obtaining a parliamentary majority in legislative elections in June, when his République En Marche party faces its first electoral test against the traditional parties of the Left and Right. The maverick centrist has succeeded in including renegade conservatives and socialists, along with his centre-right allies, as well as a key figure from the Green camp and others from “civil society”. But, as Ellen Salvi and Mathieu Magnaudeix report, it nevertheless remains a pale exercise of what was promised to be a political “renewal”.

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In an announcement postponed from Tuesday, it was at a promised 3pm precisely on Wednesday when Alexis Kohler, secretary-general of the French presidential office, descended into the Elysée Palace courtyard to announce before the press the composition of President Emmanuel Macron’s first government, with which his fledgling maverick centrist movement will fight parliamentary elections in June.