Learning the job: Macron's novice MPs go on two-day seminar

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When the MPs who make up President Emmanuel Macron's ruling majority got their first taste of Parliamentary life this summer it was widely agreed that the representatives, many of them novices in politics, had not performed brilliantly. Now, just days before the next Parliamentary session opens, the La République en Marche (LREM) MPs have gone on a two-day “seminar” in a bid to give them an insight into how they should work both in the National Assembly and their constituencies. But as Christophe Gueugneau and Ellen Salvi report, the event was not an unqualified success, partly due to the lack of a common ideology to bind them together.

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In the rare photos that have done the rounds of social media, you can make out the MPs from the ruling La République en Marche (LREM) party sitting at tables in groups of five or six (see below). Some have a white headscarf wrapped around their head, others have a sky-blue one around their neck , while yet others are studying post-it notes whose contents remain a mystery.