Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Macron camp opposes candidacy of former PM Valls

Praise for Mr. Macron poured in from Brussels, with top European Union officials hailing his win as a much needed check to a populist wave that delivered Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in U.S.

Laure Hitier, course director at Alliance de Francaise, told Express that everybody was confident of Macron's victory.

Ex-French prime minister Manuel Valls has said France's Socialist party "is dead" and he wants to run under the banner of President-elect Emmanuel Macron's political movement in June's parliamentary elections.

Valls, who resigned as prime minister in December after he failed to be win the Socialist nomination for president, backed Macron in the race in March and has now promised to abandon the socialists and sign up to centrist La République En Marche. "However, the elections are not really over with the Legislatives (Parliament) vote coming up in two weeks", he added.

Their candidate, Benoit Hamon, secured only six percent of the vote in the first round on April 23.

Both Macron and Le Pen are hoping to convert their presidential results into a strong parliamentary presence.

Despite not winning the French presidency with their candidate Marine Le Pen, the Front National may still make huge gains in the French national assembly where they now have only two deputies. The people held their referendum last Sunday.

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Italy is being tipped as the favourite to win, with Portugal following close behind in second. The final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 13.

The news sends a signal to politicians to the left and right of Macron's year-old Republic on the Move party that they can not sit on the fence as they seek to position themselves for the June elections that will complete the political landscape for the next five years.

The rest will be from the centrist Modem party or rebels from the Socialists and right-wing Republicans.

If Macron cannot form a majority he may be forced to incorporate members of the establishment parties, which could severely limit his ability to govern domestically.

One of Macron's first acts will be to name a prime minister - a choice that will show whether he leans more to the left or the right. The Macron presidency promises interesting times.

In a poll, 59 per cent of Macron voters said they supported him primarily to keep Ms Le Pen from becoming president.

Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici called on him to rein in the budget deficit of the Eurozone's second-biggest economy.

Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has appealed to him to mind the public purse. "And so we have an enormous responsibility vis-a-vis the French people, who trust us", said Nicolas Bay, the party's secretary-general.

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