Ex-min­is­ter runs for pres­i­dent

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An ex-econ­omy min­is­ter in France, who is an out­spo­ken for­mer in­vest­ment banker, has an­nounced his can­di­dacy in next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Em­manuel Macron, 38, said he strongly be­lieves “France can suc­ceed” if the coun­try makes more re­forms to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally. He made the an­nounce­ment in a speech yes­ter­day in the Paris sub­urb of Bo­bigny. Macron (pic­tured) started a mod­er­ate po­lit­i­cal move­ment called En Marche! (In Mo­tion). He has never held elected of­fice. Macron pushed for pro-busi­ness poli­cies as a min­is­ter of So­cial­ist Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande from 2014 to Au­gust 2016. He has es­pe­cially en­cour­aged start-ups and passed a law loos­en­ing labour rules. His views prompted harsh crit­i­cism from many mem­bers of the So­cial­ist Party, who feel that he has be­trayed left-wing ideals.

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