Macron movement unveils candidate list for French polls

Bayrou, a centrist who has run in three previous presidential elections, helped Macron win when he dropped out of the race and offered his backing in February.

Ferrand said 52 percent of the candidates had never held elected office before and that their average age was 46 year old. The slate also adheres to an often-ignored parity law of 50 percent women and 50 percent men. Macron and his En Marche! movement are unknown quantities.

Legislative elections take place in two rounds, on June 8 and 11.

Here is a rundown of the election process, how the political parties are positioning themselves and some pointers on a ballot that is hard to predict as a new Macron party with a full field of parliamentary candidates transforms the political landscape.

"We want to build a majority for change and therefore obtain for Republic on the Move an absolute majority in the National Assembly", said party secretary general Richard Ferrand, adding officials had combed through more than 19,000 applications.

"The raison d'être of En Marche! is renewal of French political life", Mr Ferrand said when he launched into his exposition on the party's methodology and results.

"Frexit", the economy and immigration aside, there was one other key talking point during the recent French presidential election - the age of front-runner Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte Trogneux - who at 64 is 24 years his senior.

Macron favourite in opinion polls as France elects new president
That lack of support presaged a hard road ahead as Macron tries to build a legislative majority to push through his program. In a victory party on Sunday evening, Macron walked on to the stage to the strains of "Ode to Joy", the anthem of the EU.

Like the officer who once led the crack police squad to the computer whizz and the farmer, the novice candidates hope to repopulate the political map of France with new faces and new ideas.

Emmanuel Macron's centre-right ally Francois Bayrou signalled he was not happy with the list of candidates.

The list also included Francis Giudici, a mayor in Corsica who was one of the first to bring in the controversial burkini bans last summer. Her sister, Djamila, was among the 130 killed in the November 13, 2015, Paris attacks, according to the party.

Would-be candidates were asked to sign up on the party's website and submit a resume and letter explaining their motivation.

"I don't understand. I'm clicking and clicking on your site but it's not working", Valls was reported to have told nomination chief Jean-Paul Delevoye.

Macron's victory in the runoff with nearly 66 per cent margin against Le Pen has given confidence to the newly elected president. They won't be up to the job!' I too was a political baby when I got to the National Assembly in 1998. "It's because she is 20 years older than me that lots of people say, 'This relationship can't be tenable'". Mr Bayrou said the list was just "a recycling operation of the Socialist party", and accused the incoming president of betraying a pre-election pact.

In a phone interview during the school lunch break Thursday, Robert likened herself to women who were on the front lines during the French revolution in 1789. "Macron has no political past it is very confusing to see him in final round", said French DVC student Alix Folgringer.

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