Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

France has spoken, Macron is president


But an official said Wednesday that Valls had not yet fulfilled the criteria to be a candidate.

Benoit Hamon, the unsuccessful Socialist Party candidate in the presidential contest, said he would set up a new movement after several of his hallmark proposals during that campaign were abandoned by his own party. The breach of Mr. Macron's party, En Marche (On the Move), became public. Candidates from mainstream parties that alternated to govern the country in the past four decades were eliminated in the first round.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday congratulated on Macron's election victory, saying he was happy that "the French have chosen European future".

Ferrand also said the names of Macron's 577 candidates in the legislative elections would be announced this Thursday.

Reflecting on Macron's victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential runoff on Sunday, Valls said it was a blow to populism in Europe that gave a "terrific" image of France overseas. "(Vall's) voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated like anyone else's".

The result wasn't even close: With two-thirds of votes counted, Macron had 62 percent support, with pollsters projecting a final score of 65 percent when all votes were counted.

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Valls told RTL radio that France's Socialist party "is dead and behind us" and said he wants to join Macron's Republic on the Move to run for a seat in parliament.

Hamon came in a distant fifth in the first round of France's presidential election, capturing just over 6 per cent of the vote, the Socialist Party's worst result since 1969.

Marine Le Pen, a mother of three children, tweeted that "as a political leader I deeply regret Marion's decision but, alas, as a mum, I understand it".

On Europe, Macron said he would work to rebuild links between Europe and the people that form it.

Now the independent, centrist candidate will take France's highest political office, giving him power over national security, foreign policy and the ability to choose the prime minister.

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