French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron speaks with breeders as he visits Paris' international agriculture fair, on March 1, 2017 in Paris. / AFP / Lionel BONAVENTURE
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Emmanuel Macron's spartan presidential campaign headquarters in western Paris is abuzz with rows of young recruits busy at their laptops.membership swelling – the Socialists are down 40,000 at 86,000 since the unpopular Hollande took office, The Republicains have 200,000 and there are 83,000 members of Le Pen's National Front – Macron has also caught the eye of established politicians from other parties.Macron has raised 6 million euros ($6.35 million) so far, the same amount the Socialist party has put behind its candidate and near the 7.5 million The Republicains have.Mirroring the system in other parties, Macron has appointed someone in each of France's 100 subregional departments to manage the committees, collect grievances and ideas, raise funds and spread his message.Macron has promised to cut public spending by about 60 billion euros, a sizable cut but less than the 100 billion euros promised by Fillon.One Socialist MP who campaigns for Macron said about 15 sitting Socialist lawmakers had already applied for selection.
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