France’s Macron to cut MPs by a third

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PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a radical overhaul of the country’s government.


Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, he said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third.


Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a “radically new path”, said Mr Macron.


The French president says he has a broad mandate after sweeping wins in presidential and parliamentary elections this year.


If his proposed changes were not passed by parliament within a year, he said he would take the decision to a referendum.


In his 90-minute speech, the 39-year-old leader vowed to return a “collective dignity” to France.

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