Trip to bring Macron face-to-face with troops

French President Emmanuel Macron wears a Paris 2024 pin and waves goodbye after a meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission at the Elysee Place in Paris, France May 16, 2017.

"The two presidents expressed a mutual desire to develop the traditionally friendly ties between the two countries in politics, trade, economy, cultural, humanitarian and other sectors", the Kremlin said in a statement.

The Kremlin says the leaders of Russian Federation and France have discussed possible cooperation on global issues, including the fight against terrorism.

Polling shows that the majority of French people are satisfied with Macron's new cabinet, "but they question whether it will be able to address the country's problems", says Politico.

French newspapers saw the choice of Philippe as PM and the handing of important economic portfolios to rightwingers Bruno Le Maire and Gerald Darmanin as a clear indication of Macron's priorities.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori). French Chieff of Staff Gen. Pierre de Villiers arrives at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Paris as French President Emmanuel Macron chairs his first security council.

It is stressed in the letter that none of the previous French presidents attempted to control the work of the media.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner later insisted that both he and the president were committed to letting journalists do their jobs.

"I'm taking note of your concerns and I will pass them on", he said.

"To limit the number of journalists during an event has nothing to do with selecting a cast of the journalists allowed to cover the presidency's visits", Deloire said. "If that were to happen, it would be unwarranted political interference", Deloire said.

"The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity", Macron declared. However, in no case the Elysee Palace may choose those of us, who have a right or do not have a right to cover trips overseas regardless the agenda (defense, diplomacy, economy, education or social issues).

In one of Macron's first global trips, journalists unleashed a tense debate on Thursday, since the Elysee Palace directly contacted those who will be involved in the trip, with no taking into consideration the editorial offices´ views.

France's new foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, is best known globally for leading the successful military campaign in Mali as French defense minister.

Yesterday's announcement follows the appointment of Edouard Philippe, a conservative lawmaker from the Republicains party, as prime minister.

Macron said in a speech to French armed forces during a visit to the West African nation that French-led military efforts aim to create the conditions of a "sustainable peace".

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