Exclusive-Macron’s secret campaign team points to conservative battle ahead

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By Michel Rose and Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron is building an election campaign machine stacked with former conservative insiders, because he has realised he needs to win over more centre-right voters to secure a second term next year. Macron, 43, has not declared his candidacy. But two sources close to the president told Reuters that behind closed doors the campaign team was taking shape, with one-time members of former centre-right president Nicolas Sarkozy’s party among those who will shape the campaign. The prominent role given to ex-Sarkozy loyalist…

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