>> Did you hear the one about the bullfighter, the judge, and the mathematician? It's not a joke, it's part of a list of Parliamentary candidates in France. President-elect Emmanuel Macron has announced an initial list of 428 candidates for the 577 seats of the lower house of Parliament. They include this man, Cedric Villani, winner of the Fields Medal.
It's a type of Nobel Prize for mathematics experts, and this woman, Mary Sara, a former bullfighter. The rumored appointments are causing a real buzz in France. Many of the candidates are newcomers to politics, but some have been in public service for years. Eric Halphen was an investigative magistrate back in 1996.
He's now a celebrated anti-corruption judge. The average age of candidates on Macron's list is just 46, compared to 60 for the outgoing assembly. Half are women and half are men, and only 24 out of the 428 are lawmakers running for reelection. Macron won the 7th of May presidential election, promising to breathe new life into French politics.
So what's the punchline? Well, we'll find out after the 18th of June, when France elects its new parliament. President-elect Macron still needs an absolute majority in order to push through planned tough reforms.>>