Jean-Marc Ayrault to Be Named France's Next Prime Minister

World | May 15, 2012, Tuesday // 11:28
Bulgaria: Jean-Marc Ayrault to Be Named France's Next Prime Minister Socialist Party (PS) member Jean-Marc Ayrault arrives for a speech delivered by French President-elect Francois Hollande at the party`s National Council meeting in Paris, France, 14 May 2012. Photo by BGNES

Jean-Marc Ayrault, the parliamentary leader of the Socialist party, is expected to be named France's prime minister on Tuesday.

France's President-elect, Francois Hollande, is to announce the head of government after his inauguration on Tueasday.

Ayrault, a 62-year-old longtime Hollande ally, is expected to name his cabinet on Wednesday.

After the swearing-in, Hollande head to Berlin for his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the European sovereign debt crisis.

Later in the week Hollande will fly to the United States to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday ahead of back-to-back Group of Eight (G-8) and NATO summits.

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