Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

COMMENT: Macron's election win - that was the easy bit

COMMENT: Macron's election win - that was the easy bit

"I will always be at his side", Hollande added.

"I call on all patriots to join us to take part in the decisive political fight that is starting tonight". 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). (Forward!), would finish first in the legislative elections set for June 11 and June 18.

Hamon, who gained popularity in recent years by leading a group of rebel Socialist lawmakers who opposed Valls, was a distant fifth in the first round of the presidential election after garnering just over 6 percent of the votes, the Socialist Party's worst result since 1969.

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said in a statement that while Macron's election is "extremely encouraging", his group is "concerned that a third of the French population voted for a unsafe political leader". Macron has proposed reforms to France's labor market, lower taxes and spending as well as a 50 billion-euro ($55 billion) investment plan.

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron.

She said she hoped and believed that cooperation with Macron would progress "in exactly this spirit". He is considered to be a centrist candidate and has expressed a commitment to the European Union and housing refugees in France.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker put it bluntly: "With France, we have a particular problem".

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Morocco's King Mohammed VI in a congratulatory message to Macron, said partnership between Morocco and France, under the presidency of Macron, "will gain in depth and intensity".

On Sunday, May 7th, Emmanuel Macron of the "En Marche!" party was elected president of France.

Trump had not expressed support for either candidate in France's election although he predicted last month that an attack on police officers in Paris could help Le Pen because she is "the strongest on borders".

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Macron that Russia was ready for constructive work on bilateral and global issues, the Kremlin said on May 8.

Macron's 577 candidates in the elections are expected to be announced Thursday.

Moscow has rejected accusations of interfering in the election campaign, as it has rejected similar charges out of Berlin and Washington.

Marine Le Pen had vowed to scrap same-sex marriage if elected, although she remained strongly pro-abortion.

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