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French President Emmanuel Macron held a special security meeting, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and convened his Cabinet for the first time Thursday – all under a growing cloud of concern that his office is trying to control the press.Macron held a defense council including the defense minister and the military chiefs to focus on security issues.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 Friday.In the past, French media would decide themselves who to send on presidential trips.The most senior Cabinet job – the position of interior minister – went to Gerard Collomb, 69, the longtime Socialist mayor of Lyon who played a key role in Macron's presidential bid.Sixty-nine-year-old Jean-Yves Le Drian, who was defense minister under Macron's predecessor Francois Hollande, stays on in the new government as foreign minister and Europe minister.
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