January 16, 2018
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The inner circle

Richard Ferrand — A Socialist lawmaker who steered Macron’s flagship deregulation bill through Parliament in 2015, he was one of the first parliamentarians to join the young centrist’s movement. The 54-year-old is now Macron’s No. 2 at En Marche! He is tipped as a possible prime minister.

Sylvie Goulard — A 52-year-old European lawmaker who speaks four languages, Goulard is a respected operator in Brussels.

Jean Pisani-Ferry — A well-known economist who founded the influential Bruegel thinktank in Brussels, he resigned from the French government’s in-house thinktank France Stratégie in 2016 to join Macron and help develop his economic programme.

Gerard Collomb — A popular senator and mayor of Lyon, was one of Macron’s first vocal supporters among leading Socialists. He is part of the centrist tendency of the Socialist party.

Jean-Paul Delevoye — A 70-year-old who served as minister for government reform under conservative president Jacques Chirac, Delevoye is in charge of selecting Macron’s candidates for parliamentary elections in June.

Christophe Castaner — The Socialist lawmaker, who briefly worked as a legal adviser for the bank BNP Paribas, is one of Macron’s main message-bearers on morning radio shows and TV channels.

Benjamin Griveaux — As Macron’s official spokesman, he uses an astute political sense and sharp wit to good effect in the media.

François Bayrou — Long the face of centrism in France, with three failed runs for the presidency to his name, Bayrou, 65, was pondering whether to make a fourth run when he was overtaken by Macron’s dizzy rise.

Ismael Emelien — Macron’s top political strategist, only 29, was going to found a start-up with Macron in 2014, until the future president was named economy minister by Hollande.

Alexis Kohler — Macron’s former chief-of-staff at the Economy Ministry, a potential chief-of-staff.

Julien Denormandie — Deputy secretary-general of En Marche!, in charge of organising its network of grassroots supporters.

Clément Beaune — Became Macron’s Europe adviser when Macron was economy minister, and has continued in the role since Macron quit, shadowing him during meetings with Theresa May and Angela Merkel this year.

Sylvain Fort — Macron’s PR guru and “spin doctor.”

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