Paris: France's newly inaugurated president Emmanuel Macron has unveiled his cabinet, with women filling half of the 22 positions, media reports said.
The 69-year-old Le Drian is a longstanding close friend of former Socialist President Francois Hollande, a rare popular minister in Hollande's deeply unpopular government and an experienced political heavyweight by the standards of some of his new ministerial colleagues.
Center-right Republicans in the new government include Édouard Philippe as prime minister and Bruno Le Maire as finance minister.
"On the other hand, a score of conservative politicians called on their political family to respond positively to this 'outstretched hand" of French President Macron, referring to the decision to place a right-wing leader as a prime minister. Television presenter Nicolas Hulot was recruited to the ecology ministry and Gerald Darmanin, another Republican, was named budget minister.
Le Drian, also a strong supporter of Macron, had been considered for the prime minister's post, French media reported.
Sylvie Goulard an MEP with Bayrou's MoDem party was named defence minister.
Gérard Collomb, another leftist who broke with the Socialist Party to support Macron, has been rewarded with the Interior Ministry.
On Tuesday, he and Philippe were finalising a government which Macron says will supersede France's entrenched left-right divide and breathe new life into the country's jaded political landscape.
France's new sports minister is one of the country's most decorated sportswomen, with five Olympic medals and six world championships under her belt.
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Accoyer announced that the conservatives who joined the government were struck off the party.
"By choosing to compose a disparate ministerial team, Emmanuel Macron continues to maintain ambiguity in the democratic debate", he added in a statement.
Mr Philippe's age reinforced the generational shift in France's corridors of power and the image of youthful vigour that President Macron is cultivating.
Wednesday's cabinet could be changed depending on parliamentary election's results next month that would decide whether Macron would need to bring a coalition partners to implement his reforms.
Merkel wished Macron luck in the legislative elections.
The first ministerial cabinet meeting will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. France local time according to sources published to same worldwide news agencies on Wednesday.
Macron, in his third day in office, will host European Council President Donald Tusk at the Elysee Palace for a private dinner.
Mr Macron, who ran a staunchly pro-European campaign, kept with tradition by visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday in his first trip overseas after taking office.
Mr Macron has urged a deepening of the European Union to fight off a recent surge of populism on the continent.