French President Emmanuel Macron is greeted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) prior to talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 15, 2017.
Travelling to the German capital to meet the veteran leader in his first official trip overseas, Macron used the opportunity to call for a "historic reconstruction" of Europe.
Macron made his first trip as president to Berlin on Monday for talks with Merkel on reinvigorating German-French ties, strengthening the European Union and boosting investment within the euro area.
Macron met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday, a day after his inauguration, to draw up a roadmap to deeper European Union integration.
Macron said France was "the only country that has been unable to tackle mass unemployment in the last 20 years", and promised to fix it.
Some French political reporters said that Macron's office called their media organization to designate specific journalists who will be able to cover Macron's first trip outside Europe, scheduled in Mali on Friday.
By becoming president with no established party backing he has already thrown traditional party loyalties into the air, and early poll predictions show his start-up Republic on the Move (REM) party will have more lower house seats than any other.
The French president underlined that he would focus on implementing economic and social reforms in France in the coming months. Macron was finance minister in the previous Socialists Government before resigning to set up his own En Marche centrist party.
The losers of the presidential election are aiming to capitalise on a general lack of enthusiasm for the pro- business Macron - whom many voters backed exclusively to bar Le Pen - to bounce back in the parliamentary vote.
Macron's charm offensive went beyond symbolism, on Monday he appointed France's former Ambassador to Germany, as his diplomatic adviser.
"Macron on the move to the centre-right", headlined right-leaning newspaper Le Figaro, while left-leaning Liberation headlined its coverage of the cabinet line-up "Mostly of the right". Macron wants deeper security cooperation with Europe, but he may find it hard to break the mould of predecessors Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.
A day after his inauguration, the fervently pro-EU Macron made his first trip overseas to Germany, the other half of the power couple driving European integration.
Christophe Castaner, Mr Macron's campaign spokesman, said on Sunday this was the kind of tough choice that would have to be made in Mr Macron's inner circle now that the battle for the presidential Elysee Palace was won.
Speaking of the widespread reforms suggested by Macron she said it may be possible to change European Union treaties as would be required to enact them.
France's United Kingdom ambassador, Sylvie Bermann added Mr Macron wants the "reconstruction of Europe" and will work alongside Germany to achieve that.
"It will no longer be the case", Macron said, with Merkel affirming her commitment to rework the treaties where necessary, adding that she had been "irked" by those who said treaty change was not possible.
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