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French president-elect Emmanuel Macron’s party dismissed a spat with key ally François Bayrou as a “storm in a teacup” after an agreement that the centrist leader hailed as “solid and balanced” over how many members of his Modem party would be standing for parliament in June.
“Things have calmed down today,” Benjamin Griveaux, the spokesman for Macron’s rebaptised The Republic on the Move (LREM) party said on Saturday. “Solutions have been found. There were places where there were difficulties but it was a storm in a teacup.”

Griveaux was speaking at Paris Quai Branly museum, where LREM candidates were meeting to prepare for June’s parliamentary elections and endorse the list of 428 candidates announced on Thursday.

On Friday Bayrou had refused to accept the list, claiming that an agreement that 120 Modem members would feature on it had been broken.

But, after an emergency meeting of his party’s executive committee, he declared that “steps forward” had been made.

Several Modem members were added to the list on Thursday evening and President François Hollande’s communications director, Gaspard Gantzer, withdrew his candidacy for a constituency in the Breton capital, Rennes, on Friday.Bayrou said he would be replaced by a member of his party, while Ferrand tweeted “Respect” to Gantzer, a Parisian, for “lucidly assessing local hostility”. Read More …

 

 

Several Modem members were added to the list on Thursday evening and President François Hollande’s communications director, Gaspard Gantzer, withdrew his candidacy for a constituency in the Breton capital, Rennes, on Friday.Bayrou said he would be replaced by a member of his party, while Ferrand tweeted “Respect” to Gantzer, a Parisian, for “lucidly assessing local hostility”. Several Modem members were added to the list on Thursday evening and President François Hollande’s communications director, Gaspard Gantzer, withdrew his candidacy for a constituency in the Breton capital, Rennes, on Friday.Bayrou said he would be replaced by a member of his party, while Ferrand tweeted “Respect” to Gantzer, a Parisian, for “lucidly assessing local hostility”.