Macron team announces candidates for June parliamentary election

Paris: French President-elect Emmanuel Macron's party on Thursday rejected a bid by ex-PM Manuel Valls to run as its candidate in June's parliamentary elections, but said it wouldn't run a rival against him in his constituency.

Thursday's unveiling introduced 428 of the 577 candidates standing for Macron's République En Marche movement in parliamentary elections in June.

His party's parliamentary candidates' atypical profiles show "a need to renew faces" in a country that has traditionally recycled its politicians for decades, said Macron's spokesman, Benjamin Griveaux.

Ferrand said 52 percent of the candidates had never held elected office before and that their average age was 46 year old.

Only 24 are lawmakers running for re-election and they are all Socialists.

The centrist Macron, 39, formed his own party - En Marche - only last year, and his election victory over the National Front's Marine Le Pen on Sunday has destroyed the dominance of the centre-left and centre-right parties which have governed France for almost 60 years.

"We aim to build a majority for change and to win an absolute majority in parliament", party secretary general Richard Ferrand told a news conference.

The choice will send a strong signal about Macron's intentions, and he has promised to pick someone with past experience of parliament and capable of managing a majority. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon got almost 20 percent of the vote in the first-round vote.

"If the Socialist Party totally collapses, I mean there is a possibility that it will not even exist as the socialist party in a few months; this will be very bad for Macron".

In the village of Pieusse where Robert lives, Le Pen received 271 votes in Sunday's runoff, five more than Macron's 266.

After Sunday's handover, Macron will name an interim team to run day-to-day affairs pending the outcome of the legislative elections which take place in two rounds on June 11 and 18.

Seeking to emulate Macron's route to power outside the traditional parties, defeated Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon has announced his own movement, as has a separate group of Socialists including Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

But, he added, the party won't put up a candidate to oppose Valls in his district of Evry, south of Paris.

Jean Launay, who was involved in Republic on the Move's selection process, said at least a dozen or so others who weren't selected won't face an opponent from Macron's party.

  • Jon Douglas