September 10, 2019 / 11:17 AM / 3 months ago

France says its new EU commissioner will help 'make Europe truly sovereign'

FILE PHOTO: French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sylvie Goulard, leaves the Elysee Palace after a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - The French presidency on Tuesday welcomed the nomination of Sylvie Goulard as the European Commission’s new internal market commissionner, saying she will play a crucial role in the executive’s strategy to “make Europe truly sovereign.”

Goulard, 54, a former European lawmaker, will have a leading role in industrial policy and promoting a digital single market, the European Commission said earlier.

The French national will also be in charge of a new Defense Industry and Space department.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Richard Lough

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