CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's new cabinet met for the first time on Wednesday with security high on its agenda and under attack from the Muslim Brotherhood and others who want it purged of ministers appointed by ousted president Hosni Mubarak. In preparation for polls that military rulers have promised to hand over power to civilian rule in six months, activists announced the forming of a new political party on Wednesday. The Brotherhood and other political groups have called for another million-man-march on Friday to fill Cairo's central Tahrir Square, which was the nerve-center for opposition to Mubarak's 30-year iron rule, to call for a new cabinet. Banned under Mubarak and playing an increasingly active role in Egyptian political life since the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak, the Brotherhood wants the lifting of emergency law, freeing of political prisoners. The cabinet will discuss security issues in the post-Mubarak era and the provision of basic foods and subsidies on Wednesday, political sources said. Despite political pressure, there are unlikely to be further changes in the cabinet, they added. Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that is running the Arab world's most populous nation, swore in 10 new ministers on Tuesday, some who had opposed Mubarak. "The main ministries of defense, justice, interior and foreign remain unchanged, signaling Egypt's politics remain in the hands of Mubarak and his cronies," senior Brotherhood member Essam el-Erian told Reuters, reacting to the new line-up. In the run-up to presidential and parliamentary elections, a committee is amending the constitution to dismantle the apparatus that propped up Mubarak's rule and political parties are being registered ahead of the polls. A former diplomat, Abdallah Alashaal, was quoted by MENA news agency on Wednesday as saying he was setting up a new political party "Egypt the Free" to participate in the polls. "The establishment of the party comes within the framework and desire to make a real representation of the youth of January 25 revolution during the coming period," Alashaal said. The Brotherhood and youth groups are anxious that the emergency law, imposed after the assassination of Anwar Sadat by Islamist soldiers from his army in 1981, be lifted but some Cairo residents were not so sure. Meanwhile, the French foreign ministry said on Wednesday that France will act on a request from Egypt to freeze the assets of toppled president Hosni Mubarak and his family. Egypt's foreign ministry told its embassies across the Arab world and Western countries on Tuesday to seek a freeze on the assets of the ousted leader, his wife, their two sons and their wives. France's foreign ministry said in a statement it had asked for the request to be passed on "immediately" to the relevant authorities in France and said the aim was to ensure a favourable outcome. Media reports have suggested the former president's wealth may total billions of dollars and some leaders of the protests that ousted Mubarak accuse him of squandering the wealth of the Arab world's most populous nation. Former aides insist he did nothing wrong. The foreign minsitry also said it was also consulting with France's European partners to better respond to the request. Egypt had previously asked France to freeze the assets of former high-ranking officials of Egypt but had not lodged a similar request concerning the assets of Mubarak and his family.