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    French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron denied on Friday the candidate of centrist Francois Bayrou for prime minister in case of winning the elections.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron denied on Friday centrist Francois Bayrou would be his pick for prime minister if he wins the vote, in an interview with a French television channel.

    "No, it is totally not on the agenda. This is not even his wish, he said so himself," he replied to the BFMTV.

    In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Bayrou said he had "sacrificed" his bid for presidency to support independent candidate Macron, who agreed to an alliance with the veteran politician.

    A recent Ifop survey found Macron would beat National Front party leader Marine Le Pen in the May run-off voting with 61 percent against 39 percent if they both make it to the second round. The first round of presidential election is scheduled for April 23.

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    denial, interview, Prime Minister, French Presidential Election 2017, Francois Bayrou, Emmanuel Macron, France
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