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Macron’s Newly-Formed Party Could Face Mass Exits

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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Around 100 members of parliament from French President Emmanuel Macron’s party are rumored to consider quitting after a hectic start to the administration.

Macron won the presidential election in May and formed the Republic on the Move party (LRM) shortly after. The party managed to win the parliamentary election the following month with a number of candidates who signed up “by chance,” according to LRM MP Patrick Vignal.

“Lots have become MPs by chance, thanks to a photo of Macron on their [campaign] posters after subscribing [to the party] online,” Vignal told The Telegraph in an article published Thursday. “But political life is tough. It’s not a teddy bears’ picnic.”

An MP told newspaper Le Monde that about 100 out of the party’s 313 representatives are ready to quit over exhaustion. Macron has struggled with low popularity and criticism over labor reforms, which has forced several politicians to reconsider their future with the movement.

A group of “100 democrats” published an open letter in November where they announce a mass exit for the party convention. (RELATED: Macron Loses 100 Party Members Over ‘Arrogant’ And ‘Undemocratic’ Style)

The group primarily consisted of local politicians who complained about the “arrogant and “undemocratic” style of the party.

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