Macron’s election in a victory over the National Front’s Marine Le Pen on Sunday (7 May) has destroyed the dominance of the centre-left and centre-right parties which have ruled over French politics for nearly 60 years._______________________
His party, La République En Marche! (Republic on the Move,) had previously said it would stand in every one of the National Assembly’s 577 seats – represented Macron’s first stab at creating a parliamentary power base that will help him push forward with reforms once in office.
Party Secretary General Richard Ferrand said the remaining number of candidates was a matter for further discussion and that the party was leaving the door open to politicians of other political stripes to come over to Macron’s side.
“We want to leave them time until Wednesday to say so,” he told a news conference. “We want to build a majority for change and therefore obtain for En Marche! an absolute majority in the National Assembly,” Ferrand said, adding that they had combed through more than 19,000 applications.