One of the men who was hoping to be in his list was former Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Now he announced his intention to jump ship on Wednesday. But in a move that's been described by the French press as revenge, the man in charge of choosing Macron's candidates says he doesn't fit the criteria and that their job isn't to recycle old politicians, but to find new faces.
Macron has said that he wants half of his candidates to have no experience of lawmaking whatsoever. Of the first 14 that he named, one was a farmer, one a hospital worker, and one an entrepreneur. He's also said that at least half of them must be women. So who does fit the bill?
Well, first of all, we have a 33-year-old wiz kid and tech startup king, Mounir Mahjoubi. Of French Moroccan descent and from what he describes as a poor working class family, he was Macron's Digital Campaign Manager. He's young. He's well connected. He uses words like reunification and revolution. Then we have Jean-Michel Fauvergue, a top former counter-terrorism specialist, and it was his team that led to the operations in the Bataclan in November 2015 when three Islamist militants broke their way into the concert hall and gunned down 90 people.
And then we have Mireille Robert. She's been a head teacher since 1992. She's heavily involved in many charities with a particular focus on people with disabilities. Although it looks unlikely, given that his party currently has no seats in parliament, experts say a majority is possible for Macron.>>
>> But he's going to have a fight on his hands, particularly from the right-wing conservatives. They're still smarting from the Marcon effect. And they'll be trying to force his party into a cohabitation.