Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

France's Macron angers ally with parliament picks

France's Macron angers ally with parliament picks

They range in age from 24 to 72. Richard Ferrand, secretary general of "En Marche!" confirmed this later, saying that 52 percent of the selected candidates came from "civil society". The remaining 148 candidates will be announced before the final deadline of May 19th.

Picking a prime minister from the right of French politics could help swing like-minded legislators behind Macron, and siphon away votes from his party's rivals in the June 11 and 18 legislative elections.

Macron has already made room in the parliament he wants to see for former Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls.

Ferrand, the secretary general of Macron's party, said Thursday that the party has not yet named all of its candidates because it is trying to leave the door open to candidates from the center-right political establishment who might want to switch allegiances before the filing deadline next Wednesday.

However, Ferrand said the party would not present a candidate to run against Valls in his constituency of Evry south of Paris. So far they have an average age of 46, compared to 60 for current seat holders.

Though many business leaders think Mr. Macron's economic proposals are modest, they are already facing opposition on the streets of Paris from Mélenchon supporters who see him as the candidate of worldwide finance.

Olivier Tonneau, lecturer in modern languages at Homerton College, noted that while the mainstream media propped up Macron's electability, they'd taken leaps and bounds in railroading left-wing Jean-Luc Melenchon's presidential bid. He commanded the elite RAID unit during the 2015 siege in which Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a ring leader of the Paris attacks a few days earlier, was killed.

The list also included Francis Giudici, a mayor in Corsica who was one of the first to bring in the controversial burkini bans last summer. Her sister, Djamila, was among the 130 killed in the November 13, 2015, Paris attacks, according to the party.

More than 19,000 would-be legislators answered Macron's call for candidates. This would be a catastrophe for France, Europe and the world, given Le Pen and her Front National party's neofascist tendencies.

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Catherine Barbaroux, who has been involved in the party since its inception, is appointed as acting president. Moreau is new to elected politics. They won't be up to the job!' I too was a political baby when I got to the National Assembly in 1998.

"Frankly, I don't know", Ferrand said.

Mr Macron said that people who peddled or accepted such rumours had "lost their sense of reality" and had a "big problem with homosexuality".

His primary opponent, Marine Le Pen, a member of the Front National, a far right-wing and nationalist political party, also did not belong to either of the traditional parties that have historically controlled French politics. In the first-round ballot, far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon got almost 20 percent of the vote.

"That's really scary", Robert, 55, said. "I have very high expectations that we will work together".

The American leader has offered praise and also congratulated to new French leader, who has become the least old person to become French leader.

Instead, she'll do smaller gatherings to talk about specific local issues.

"It's really a question now of what's going to happen next with respect to the U.S. Federal Reserve with one rate rise priced in between now and the end of the year, and what's the probability that the European Central Bank will look to taper monetary policy before the end of the year", said Michael Hewson, chief markets analyst at CMC Markets in London.

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