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    Macron's En Marche! Party to Name Parliament Candidates by End of Week

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    The En Marche! party founded by Emmanuel Macron, who won the French presidential run on Sunday, will appoint all 577 candidates for the parliamentary elections by the end of this week, Richard Ferrand, the movement's secretary general said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the secretary general, the party wants half of the candidates to be local elected representatives or someone "with experience" and the other half to be representatives of the civil society.

    "All of the candidates for the parliamentary elections will be designated by the end of this week," Ferrand told the Europe 1 broadcaster.

    At the moment, only 14 En Marche! nominees have been announced, but the party is planning to have candidates competing in all 577 constituencies. In January, Macron said he would like to have female candidates in half of the "winnable" constituencies.

    En Marche! was founded by Macron in April 2016 a few months before he resigned from his post of the minister of the economy. The party does not currently hold any seats in the French parliament.

    The legislative elections are scheduled to take place on June 11 and June 18. The candidates have to officially announce their intention to run on May 15-19.


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