Macron's First Phone Call as French President-Elect Is to Chancellor Merkel

Macron's First Phone Call as French President-Elect Is to Chancellor Merkel

The former Socialist Party economy minister's closeness to the German leader had prompted his rival for the presidency, Marine Le Pen, to declare Sunday's vote would result in a female president whoever won: "Either me or Angela Merkel!".

Some hailed Macron's defeat of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen as "three-nil" after moderate politicians also beat extremists in Austria and the Netherlands in recent elections.

Benoit Hamon, the unsuccessful Socialist Party candidate in the presidential contest, said he would set up a new political movement after several of his hallmark proposals during that campaign were abandoned by his own party. But it's not clear if he will be able to do so.

In his words France, by electing Macron as president, has showed Slovakia a way "to stop people in politics, who only criticise and offer only conflict and egotistic solutions", Zuzana Čižmáriková, the head of the communication department at parliament informed TASR.

Mr Valls is planning to run in the Essonne department, his fiefdom south of Paris, but Republic on the Move officials said his nomination will not be automatic.

So far the names of only 14 candidates are known, but on Thursday afternoon "around 450" will be revealed, Jean-Paul Delevoye of Republic on the Move said.

"But support doesn't necessarily translate in nomination".

After winning the first round two weeks ago, Macron had been accused of behaving as if he was already president.

The poor result triggered a fierce debate within the party on the opportunity of sticking to the left platform defended by Hamon, or to switch back to the more centrist views of Valls and his allies. "However, I don't think this is going to be a major concern to the euro", he added.

The Prime Minister, who also sent a telegram of congratulations to Macron, stressed that Europe will need stability and constructive cooperation following Brexit, with France's role in this situation being irreplaceable.

Philippe Braud, professor emeritus at Sciences Po university in Paris, said Macron's decisive win on Sunday meant an outright majority - deemed highly improbable just a few weeks ago - was "not impossible".

Parliamentary elections are due in the country in June.

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