Macron's French 'revolution' faces first test

Pro-Europe centrist Macron, 39, was elected on Sunday after promising a "revolution" that would bring in fresh faces into France's stale political life and end the pattern of power alternating between traditional parties.

Macron's French 'revolution' faces first test

World Bulletin / News Desk

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron faces the first major test of his plans to overhaul the country's politics Thursday as his party reveals its candidates for parliamentary elections in June.

His newly renamed grassroots movement, "Republique en Marche" (Republic on the Move), which was founded only 13 months ago, will finally reveal the vast majority of the 577 candidates who will stand in parliamentary elections in June.

Macron has promised that half will be complete newcomers, meaning a diverse range of figures from business, civil service, local activism and academia are set to make their first foray into politics. Half of all candidates will be women.

"The second act in the redrawing of our political life will be the building of a parliamentary majority in the elections in June," secretary general of the movement, Richard Ferrand, told reporters on Monday.

The nomination process is a careful balancing act for Macron and represents major risks for his presidency, which will begin formally on Sunday when he takes over from outgoing Socialist Francois Hollande.

Without his own parliamentary majority, he will find it hard to push through his planned reforms of the labour market, pensions, unemployment benefits or education.

Many of his newcomers, which have been approved by a nomination committee, will be up against seasoned politicians with long careers and local networks of activists and supporters.

And there is also the risk of scandal if anyone with a chequered history slips through the vetting process of the roughly 15,000 applications sent on line.

Only 14 candidates have been revealed so far.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Mayıs 2017, 11:46