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'Citizen Candidates' Aim To Support French President Macron With Bids For Parliament

Emmanuel Macron promised France a "political revolution" if he became president. Now he is encouraging members of the public with little or no political experience to run for the National Assembly.
Annick Garache says she's known Mahjoubi his whole life because he's a friend of her son. "He is a great person," she says. Source: Eleanor Beardsley

A group of about 30 volunteers gathers in a Paris park on a sunny afternoon for lessons in door-to-door campaigning.

They'll soon be trying out their new skills in the surrounding apartment blocks — plugging two young candidates from President Emmanuel Macron's new party, Republic On The Move.

Delphine O, 31, is one of the candidates. The half-French, half-Korean diplomat says she never imagined she'd be running for parliament.

"Of course, I'm nervous because I'm very conscious of the responsibility that

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