“We see that the members of the European Parliament play key roles in this government. Two female members of the European Parliament have been appointed to the country’s high posts,” he told Sputnik.
The geopolitical analyst also suggested that the main role in the new government will be played by three ministers, namely Jean-Yves Le Drian, Junior Minister for Europe Marielle De Sarnez and the country’s Armed Forces Minister (former defense minister) Sylvie Goulard.
“Sylvie Goulard has a good knowledge of the European Affairs. Hence her top priorities will be the European Affairs, on the one hand, and cooperation with Germany, on the other, as it was thanks to her that Emmanuel Macron went first to meet with Angela Merkel. The European defense, some would call it the measures aimed at closer cooperation in the military capabilities, military industry and defense diplomacy, will also be among her top priorities,” Dupuy told Sputnik.
The geopolitical analyst however noted that Sylvie Goulard is yet to clarify her position on such issues as Daesh, NATO and Russia. The new minister will have to define the country’s position on Daesh, especially after the US and Russia have demonstrated their desire to cooperate in Syria and on other international issues.
“Until she proves otherwise, I do not believe that Sylvie Goulard has a strong position regarding NATO and Russia,” he said.
The main challenge for the new minister, who is also the member of the European Parliament, will be to defend France’s position at the next NATO summit in Brussles where the US’ and French presidents will meet each other for the first time, Dupuy concluded.