PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron, a former investment banker, is holding a major rally in the southeastern city of Lyon with his eyes set on winning France's presidential election this spring.
Macron, a 39-year-old telegenic former finance minister under President Francois Hollande, distanced himself from the Socialist Party to create a party called En Marche! ("On The Move!") from which he has launched an anti-establishment bid for the Elysee Palace.
Macron — now polling high in the presidential race — thanked the crowds Saturday in Lyon for their "enthusiasm," claiming they totaled 16,000 people.
Conservative lawmakers, meanwhile, were visiting their constituencies this weekend to stem the damage surrounding their selected presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, after his family became the object of an embezzlement probe into fake political jobs.