French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said he intends to lead his political movement to victory in 2017, stopping just short of declaring himself a candidate in next year’s presidential election.
“This movement is a movement of hope that we will carry together,” Macron said late Tuesday at a rally in Paris. “We’ll carry it into 2017 and all the way to victory. Long live France.”
In a speech that lasted more than an hour, Macron said he wants to set out a full “program” for France by the end of this year. The first round of the election is in April.