Macron proposes to cut size of French parliament by a third

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Macron was speaking at a joint session of the French parliament (Source: Getty)

French president Emmanuel Macron has proposed to cut the size of the French parliament by a third, according to AFP.

Macron was speaking to lawmakers at a joint session of the French parliament and outlined his political priorities for his years in office, saying he wanted to forge a "radically new path".

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“I am convinced that this measure will have positive consequences for the quality of parliamentary work. This reform is essential,” Macron said.

He has been facing criticism for the address, which will be a meeting of both the national assembly and the senate at the chateau of Versailles.

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélénchon has said that Macron is acting like a "pharoah".

His speech came as news emerged that a suspected far-right extremist has been charged with plotting to kill him on Bastille Day, which will take place later this month.

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