French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Edouard Philippe, Mayor of the northwestern city of Le Havre, as the country's new Prime Minister on Monday.
French President Emmanuel Macron reacts during a joint media conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 15, 2017. "I will reform not because Europe asks for it, but because France needs it", he said.
"In the past, the subject of treaty change was a French taboo".
Winning the games would be a big boost for France after years of fading global influence - and a boost for Mr Macron as the untested 39-year-old president embarks on his term and a risky effort to reinvigorate the French economy. "Macron!" and waving European flags.
Merkel said: "From a German point of view, it is possible to change treaties if it makes sense in order to strengthen the eurozone".
Both said they would work together more closely on defense, Euro zone reform and reducing bureaucracy. "I am not in favour of collectivising debts of the past".
When Emmanuel Macron rode down the Champs Elysees after his inauguration in a military jeep and not the customary limousine, France's youngest postwar president sent a message that on his watch Paris will be strong and determined in its diplomacy.
Names circulating as potential ministers include TV personality and environmental activist Nicolas Hulot; Axelle Tessandier, who created a start-up in San Francisco before joining Mr Macron's campaign; centre-right European legislator Sylvie Goulard; and prominent centrist party leader Francois Bayrou. An advocate of closer European Union integration, Macron backs a "multi-speed" Europe, an idea that has seen growing support in Germany and other EU countries since Britain voted to leave the bloc.
"We need more pragmatism, less bureaucracy and a Europe that protects our citizens", he added.
The German chancellor said she been "irked" ever since the signing of the Lisbon treaty by those who had written off treaty change: "The entire world is changing and we declare that we have exhausted ourselves once and that's it for our entire lifetime", she said.