France’s Macron appoints Elysee secretary general, diplomatic advisor


French President-elect Emmanuel Macron appointed Alexis Kohler on Sunday as secretary general of the Elysee palace, the top administrative role among the presidential staff.

Kohler, a 44-year old graduate of France’s elite ENA administrative school, was Macron’s chief of staff when the incoming president was economy minister and has worked for the Treasury.

Philippe Etienne, a 61-year old former ambassador to Berlin and also an ENA graduate, was appointed to be the incoming president’s diplomatic advisor, Macron’s staff said.

The appointments were announced as Macron readied for his inauguration as president on Sunday at a ceremony in the Elysee palace.

Macron will name a prime minister on Monday and the new government will be announced on Tuesday, a source said.

(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey and Michel Rose; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Mathieu Rosemain and Richard Balmforth)

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