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French constitutional council officially approves Macron as president-elect

French constitutional council officially approves Macron as president-elect

We welcome the Emmanuel Macron as new French president.

Macron's party, En Marche, has promised to put up a candidate for all 577 seats in the Assembly.

In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said Macron's win makes it even more important for British voters to back her Conservatives in the early election she called for June 8, to strengthen Britain's hand in its divorce proceedings with the EU.

Macron's party now has no seats in parliament.

Macron, a former economy minister who ran as a "neither left nor right" independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 66% to Le Pen's 34% in a victory that held back a tide of populism after the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. election. Emmanuel Macron believes in collective solidarity.

This morning at the Arc de Triomphe, he showed no sign of being awed by his new job.

On Monday, though, Hollande gripped Macron's arm before the two men walked side by side.

They then shook hands with veterans.

The president-elect hopes to persuade sitting MPs on both sides of the...

"I will fight the divisions that undermine France", he added in a nod to the 11 million votes Le Pen received, a record for the far-right leader. But the far-right National Front was not the only fringe player this time around.

But the first-past-the-post system means it is hard to gauge seat numbers.

This could give the National Front a significant increase on the two seats the party now holds.

Such uncertainty means Mr Macron might well be faced with a serious amount of horse trading to find allies to buy into his manifesto.

He also inherits a country which is still in a state of emergency following a string of Islamist-inspired attacks since 2015 that have killed more than 230 people.

President-elect Macron, 39, was previously economy minister in Hollande's cabinet.

Why the party name change?

There's every chance that Macron will end up having to govern in a so-called "cohabitation" with representatives from parties beyond his nascent political movement, En Marche, which is being renamed as La Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move).

The exchange between the two pro-EU leaders was "very warm", a source close to Mr Macron said.

Macron will officially take over from French President Francois Hollande next Sunday, but an exact date for the meeting between the new president and Merkel has not been set.

Macron said before Sunday's vote he had made his choice but would not reveal the name.

The FN holds just two parliamentary seats now, but is hoping to increase that number to 20 following the presidential election.

And the National Front?

Ms Gardes, who has been in Singapore for 14 years and a communications officer at a French company, said: "If Le Pen took office, she would take France out of the European Union, and that would be a disaster economically".

Meanwhile, Ms Le Pen's father redoubled his criticism of his daughter late on Sunday. She said she would stay to lead an opposition of "patriots" against "globalists".


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