Emmanuel Macron prepares groundwork for transition to power

Candice Alexander
May 19, 2017

The new President's immediate challenge will now be to secure a majority in next month's parliamentary election in order to implement his program.

The result wasn't close: With about 90 percent of votes counted, Macron had 64 percent support. The country's opposition parties meanwhile were more reticent.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska, along with Prime Minister Robert Fico, Foreign Affair Minister Miroslav Lajčák and others welcomed the election of centrist Emmanuel Marcon, as president of France, following a contest against the right-wing National Front's, Marine Le Pen.

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron is laying the groundwork for his transition to power, with plans for a visit to Germany, a name change for his political movement and an appearance Monday with the man whose job he assumes.

Le Pen had 36 percent - about double what Jean-Marie Le Pen, her father and co-founder of their National Front party, achieved at the same stage in the 2002 presidential election.

"We need new tools", campaign director David Rachline said Monday on France Info radio. If another party wins a majority, Macron could be pressured to choose a prime minister from that party, a situation the French call "cohabitation".

He launched his En Marche! (On the Move) party less than a year ago but managed to attract hundreds of thousands of supporters. But it will be contesting its first ever election.

Le Pen is counting on failure because the problems are hard to mend quickly.

Yanam resident Sadanala Babu, a French national by birth, told The Hindustan Times, "Macron had promised to enhance pension for overseas French nationals and renew their citizenship, besides payment of unemployment allowance to the youth and opening up employment opportunities for immigrants".

He disagrees with the idea Mr Macron won by default, and says he can now go on to win a majority in the legislative assembly.

French joblessness runs at 10 percent, which compares with an average of 8.0 percent across the European Union and just 3.9 percent in neighbouring Germany.

Before he announced his candidacy for president his team, inspired by the Obama campaign in the U.S. in 2008, carried out a survey of thousands of French citizens to hear what policies they wanted from their politicians. "I lived the election of Donald Trump in NY, and now finally, after Brexit, after Trump, populism has been beaten in France", Macron supporter Pierre-Yves Colinet said at the Louvre party.

France's two-round voting system makes it hard to project the final result, with parliamentary elections often yielding several three-way races where two parties ally against a third, typically the National Front.

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