PM Calls Up French President-Elect to Congratulate Him

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

Mr Macron's emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of Frances mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president.

Mr Macron's campaign members Christophe Castaner and Benjamin Griveaux said Mr Valls is welcome but would have to go through the regular application process.

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

Macron is working to obtain a majority in the lower house of parliament in June elections.

Outgoing president Francois Hollande, who brought Mr Macron into politics, said the result "confirms that a very large majority of our fellow citizens wanted to unite around the values of the Republic and show their attachment to the European Union".

French voters elected the centrist as the country's youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker.

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President of the EU Council Donald Tusk and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also both welcomed the outcome.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called France's President-elect Emmanuel Macron on Sunday to congratulate him on "his decisive election victory" and to propose a meeting "soon", according to the Prime Minister's Office.

Modi had yesterday greeted Macron for his electoral win in a tweet.

Like the presidential race, France's legislative elections are split into two rounds.

Le Pen's National Front (FN) and the other elections losers are all hell bent on bouncing back in the parliamentary vote. Macron, 39, founded his centrist En Marche (On The Move) movement of mostly political neophytes just a year ago on a promise to inject new blood into France's discredited political class. Both numbers were the highest they have been since the middle of the last century.

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