Merkel says she won't tell France what to do

The Latest: Macron pick for French premier about to be named

The main role is to preside over the government and carry out the program of the president.

Like Macron, Philippe is a product of France s elite ENA college for senior public servants and worked for a while in the private sector.

This undated handout picture provided Monday, May, 15, 2017, by Le Havre city hall shows Le Havre mayor, Edouard Phillippe.

La Republique En Marche needs to win 290 seats in order to secure a majority.

France's place is in the European Union "which protects us and enables us to project our values in the world", Macron said on Sunday, but the club needed to be "reformed and relaunched".

He says it's unfair for people like the Brexit campaigners to place blanket blame on the EU for job losses, terrorist attacks and other ills without acknowledging its benefits - and without recognizing that all major EU decisions are approved by national leaders or the democratically elected European Parliament.

Merkel said it was an honor that Macron chose to visit Berlin during his first full day in office, and said the countries' ministers would meet after an upcoming French legislative vote.




Philippe is close to former Prime Minister Alain Juppe.

The rest of Macron's top team is expected to be announced tomorrow.

Mr. Melenchon, who got knocked out of the first round of the presidential elections, had refused to explicitly endorse Mr. Macron against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen for the second round of voting. The 46-year-old lawmaker, largely unknown to voters, is a member of the mainstream-right Republicans party.

The visit to Berlin continued a tradition of French presidents making their first foreign trip to Germany.

Later this month Macron will hold talks with Donald Trump, when the United States president - believed to have preferred Le Pen over Macron - visits Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Germany is looking to Macron to revitalize France as an economic power and political heavyweight in the European Union, which is facing complex divorce proceedings with its current No. 2 economy, Britain.

But the Frenchman s calls for the eurozone to have its own budget have received a cool response from Germany, which fears it would be forced to pay the lion s share. Some media have dubbed the pair "Merkron" - a reference to the "Merkozy" moniker used for Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, France's conservative leader from 2007-12. Once the favorite, Macron's conservative rival Francois Fillon became entangled during the election campaign in financial scandals that included the gift from a wealthy businessman of two tailor-made suits worth about 13,000 euros. We are really in the campaign for that battle already - the parliamentary elections.

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