PARIS French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he was launching a new political movement which he wants to be neither of the left or the right, just a year before France's presidential elections.
"I have decided to create a new political movement," Macron told a gathering in his hometown of Amiens, northern France, unveiling the name of a group called "En Marche", or "Forward".
"I'm in a left-wing government, unashamedly, ... but I also want to work with people from the right, who commit to the same values," the 38-year old minister said at the event, which was closed to the press but broadcast on the Internet.
The Paris media world has been abuzz with rumours about Macron's political ambitions after young supporters of the former investment banker launched a think-tank.
(Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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