Ferrand to lead Macron’s parliamentary lawmakers despite probe


“I thank the deputies for their confidence… We have a strong obligation to succeed. The French people no longer want intentions, they want results,” Ferrand said in a statement.

Some 306 deputies voted for Ferrand and two abstained.

Macron’s year-old Republic on the Move party (LREM) won a huge parliamentary majority on June 18 that boasts scores of lawmakers never before elected – unprecedented in France and central to his promise to clean up the country’s politics.

Ferrand, 54, a former Socialist who became one of Macron’s key early backers, will bring his experience and authority to the newcomers who were gathering for a two-day training seminar at the National Assembly.

“Richard Ferrand is the only one who can do the job,” a LREM deputy told Reuters.

Ferrand, who headed the campaign that swept Emmanuel Macron to power in a vote last May 7, left the government in a Cabinet reshuffle this week. He was named minister for territorial planning in May.

He has denied any wrongdoing after a public prosecutor opened an investigation.

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