France' s economy minister launches his political movement

France's popular economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has launched his own political movement to promote "fresh ideas" ahead of next year's presidential election.

Macron, a member of Socialist president Francois Hollande's government but not of the French Socialist party, formally launched his movement En Marche! (In Motion) Wednesday night in the northern city of Amiens.

The pro-business and outspoken minister says it is not his priority to be a candidate to the 2017 presidential election. He says the movement is "neither right nor left wing," and aims at promoting "economic, social and political freedom."

Pierre Gattaz, the president of the main employers' lobby, on Thursday told France Inter radio that the movement is "refreshing, it helps avoiding playing politics".