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>> Left, right, and center. France's centrist President Emmanuel Macron painting a political rainbow, as he named his new government on Wednesday. His choices fulfilling his promise of bridging the right-left divide, having already made conservative Edouard Philippe Prime Minister. And showing that Europe is a strong priority, naming pro-European Bruno Le Maire as Economy Minister and Sylvie Goulard as Defense Minister.
As a European Parliament lawmaker, she's better known in Brussels than in Paris. The appointments are part of a delicate balancing act ahead of the mid-June legislative elections. In order to end up with a workable majority, Macron needs to attract support from both sides of the political divide. That will weaken already rattled traditional party loyalties.
Polls already showing Macron's startup Republic on the Move party will win more seats in the lower house than any of them.