French Ex-PM Valls offers to back Macron in June polls

Ivan Schwartz
May 19, 2017

In his letter, Prime Minister Lee expressed confidence that France would "emerge stronger" under Mr Macron's leadership.

But in terms of policies, it is centrist Macron's views and agenda that are likelier to facilitate continuity in a bilateral relationship that in recent years has witnessed one of its most frenetic periods, with critical defence and nuclear deals signed but yet to be delivered.

Hillary Clinton congratulated Emmanuel Macron on winning the French presidential election on Sunday, and used the opportunity to take a swipe at the media.

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"This Socialist Party is dead, it is behind us", said Valls, a reform-minded premier from 2014 to 2016 when Macron was economy minister.

Socialist leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis attempted to prevent a wave of defections to Macron's camp, warning Valls he could not remain a party member and run for parliament on Macron's ticket. "Obviously the government elected after June 8th will be sitting down and talking to Monsieur Macron and others about how that system we have works for the benefit of France as well as the benefit of the United Kingdom", she said.

President Francois Hollande warmly greeted President-elect Macron in their first public meeting since the victory.

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Macron's newly renamed "Republique en Marche" (the Republic on the Move) movement reacted warily to the announcement. Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics, as he was before Sunday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed Macron's victory.

President Hollande also called Macron to "warmly" congratulate him on his victory.

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

In interviews Monday, her campaign director, David Rachline, said the party founded by her father would get a new name as bait to pull in a broader spectrum of supporters in France.

The French Interior Ministry said with 93 per cent of the votes counted, Macron had about 19.3 million votes, while Ms Le Pen secured about 10.4 million.

On the financial front, European stock markets edged down in early trading as investors had been widely expecting Macron's victory.

The CAC 40 index of leading French shares fell 0.9 percent to 5,383.

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