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Fillon, Juppe Agree That France Needs Fewer Parliament Members

© AP Photo / Francois MoriGeneral view of the France's National Assembly, lower house of Parliament in Paris, France
General view of the France's National Assembly, lower house of Parliament  in Paris, France - Sputnik International
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The two competing French presidential hopefuls from The Republicans party, both former prime ministers, Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe have called for a reduced number of parliament members in the country.

Right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party's candidate for the party's primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election, Francois Fillon (File) - Sputnik International
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PARIS (Sputnik) – During the Friday debates, ahead of the final round of primaries to be held on Sunday, Fillon said a referendum should be held on the issue, while Juppe said that the number of deputies and senators (currently at over 900) could be "cut in half."

Juppe warned against reducing the salaries of parliament members as that could force qualified deputies and senators to leave the political sphere.

The first round of presidential elections in France is scheduled for April 23, 2017.

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