Putin to France's Macron: Let's 'overcome mutual mistrust'

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

She said she hoped and believed that cooperation with Macron would progress "in exactly this spirit".

Emmanuel Macron, emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France's mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote to quit the EU.

"I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that are undermining us", he said.

Of 99 per cent of votes counted from Sunday's second round run-off, Macron won just over 66 per cent against Le Pen's 34 percent. But a high number of blank or spoiled votes and an unusually low turnout are signs of an electorate dissatisfied with its choices.

In Poland, the right-wing and anti-EU Law and Justice party took power in 2015, while in Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban has openly sparred with Brussels.

Bruno Le Maire, a former minister and ex-adviser to defeated candidate Francois Fillon of the Republicans, offered his services as early as Sunday evening, casting himself as the ideal bridge between Macron and the center-right.

His party is changing its name to La Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move) as it prepares a list of candidates for next month's parliamentary elections.

The 39-year-old centrist has promised to transcend the right-left political divide that has allowed vested interests to block fundamental reforms.

En Marche secretary general Richard Ferrand told TF1 television.

"The EU can't keep feeling its way from one election to the next". He has previously said he would like to appoint a woman.

"I congratulate @EmmanuelMacron on his victory in the French presidential election".

With her fighting spirit, the 48-year-old Le Pen, a lawyer turned politician, resembles her father, who wrenched from a court the right to continue as honorary president for life of the party, even though he was expelled.

In 2014, Macron became minister of economy, industry and digital data under President Francois Hollande.

It also marks decades of peace in western Europe, something Mr Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Ms Le Pen's brand of populism. I personally like French electoral system and the French president is elected for the tenure of five years.

"The Socialist Party is dead; it's in the past", Valls said on Tuesday.

The FN holds just two parliamentary seats now, but is hoping to increase that number to 20 following the presidential election.

The worst case scenario for Macron would be a hostile majority, which will make it hard to govern and potentially even offer up the prospect of political paralysis.

They had feared another populist upheaval after Britain's vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump's election as United States president previous year.

"But the firm support for Marine Le Pen, and other anti-EU parties, in Europe show that not everyone is happy with the European Union".

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