Trip to bring Macron face-to-face with troops

Macron, 39, who smashed the traditional left-right grip on French politics to win the presidency, gave ministerial jobs to conservatives, socialists and political newcomers Wednesday, appointing an unprecedented all-stripes Cabinet to bridge divides and broaden his support.

Thursday's Cabinet meeting was largely about getting to know each other.

France's new foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian (John-Eve Le DREE-on), has vowed to promote the country's "key role" in the worldwide community.

They also pledged to work together on current global and regional issues, especially underlining the importance of their continued cooperation on resolving Ukraine's internal conflict, it said.

Collomb says his "constant efforts" will be to prevent some French youth from "falling into radicalization" and from perpetrating "the odious attacks we have known in recent years".

He is expected to visit a French base in the eastern city of Gao.

Six French voters out of 10 hope that Macron will have a majority in parliament, the Harris poll found.

More than 20 of the country's leading media outlets, including Le Monde, Agence France-Presse, Le Figaro, and TF1 signed an open letter to the new president after his office had invited particular journalists to cover his first official trip outside Europe.

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A Brazilian worker assembles a Ford auto on an assembly line at Sao Bernardo do Campo Ford plant, near Sao Paulo, August 13, 2013. Ford's stock price has fallen almost 40 percent over the last three years as investors worry that USA sales are peaking.

The Kremlin said the two leaders have "agreed to work jointly on acute global and regional issues, including the fight against terrorism".

The two leaders expressed "the mutual readiness to develop the traditionally friendly Russian-French relations in the political, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian, and other spheres", the Kremlin said in a statement.

"Having different political backgrounds will not stop us working intelligently for France, this was the first message the president wanted to convey", government spokesman Christophe Castaner told a news conference.

In addition to being gender-balanced, Macron's cabinet also includes a diverse set of appointees that lean politically left and right, and individuals from public, private and nonprofit sectors.

The new Cabinet posed briefly for photographs on the front porch of the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris.

Those present included economy and budget ministers from the right, a TV environmentalist put in charge of ecology and energy, and a veteran Socialist who was defense minister in the preceding government but now has a Europe and foreign policy brief.

Macron will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Minister of Armed Services Sylvie Goulard, as well as the head of the French development agency (AFD) Remy Rioux.

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