Sylvain Maillard, a 43 year tech entrepreneur on Tuesday became one of the first lawmakers to receive his beginner’s toolkit as he made his entry into the Palais Bourbon.
“It’s like on TV, though it does look a little smaller,” he said to newsmen as he admired the marbled halls clutching a slim leather briefcase containing a map of parliament, a sash in the colors of the French tricolor and a copy of the country’s constitution.
Maillard is one of many newcomers to the 577-member National Assembly.
Macron’s promise to renew French politics was founded on a daring promise to inject fresh blood into government where political careers usually span decades.
“It’s going to take a little time getting used to”. He added that he hoped to lean on the experience of the party’s seasoned veterans.
“They will be like older brothers, they will help us out,” Maillard said of the few veterans expected among their ranks.
Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) Party officials acknowledge that keeping control of discipline in a party with so many new faces will pose challenges and have scheduled a training seminar ahead of the June 27 opening of parliament.
Mr. Maillard hinted that he would keep working a day every week for the electronic component distribution firm he co-founded and runs.
“That will keep me grounded, to continue having to pay my employees, do payslips, get told off by clients, it’s important.”