Macron defeats Le Pen in French presidential election

Cheryl Sanders
May 13, 2017

Like the president, the members of France's national assembly must go through two rounds of voting unless they achieve an absolute majority of the 575 seats up for grabs in the first round.

"All support for the president is welcome", said Jean-Paul Delevoye, head of the Republic on the Move panel assessing the candidates. "But support doesn't necessarily translate in nomination. (Vall's) voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated like anyone else's". The Republic on the Move party made clear that even top-rank politicians from established parties, like Valls, were not guaranteed a slot on its list of parliamentary contenders.

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron smiles as he arrives to deliver a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in the capital, Paris, on May 7, 2017, after the second round of the French presidential election. She earned more than 10.5 million votes on Sunday, roughly double the number of votes her father won running for the same party in 2002.

French deputy to the European Parliament Sylvie Goulard said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well.


Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well.

The Prime Minister added that he is looking forward to working with Macron to further deepen the cooperation between India and France.

But an official said Wednesday that Valls had not yet fulfilled the criteria to be a candidate. "I'm not living with regrets".

Theresa May has sought to turn Emmanuel Macron's victory in France to her own electoral advantage, telling supporters that she needs a big mandate to match his.


In order to govern properly, Macron's fledgling political movement "En Marche" must now gather a majority in June's parliamentary elections.

Whilst the president has the most power in the French system, the prime minister is largely in charge of implementing the president's domestic policies.

Guillaume Balas, who co-ordinated Mr Hamon's platform, said Mr Valls "excluded" himself from the party with his allegiance to Mr Macron's movement.


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