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Former French PM Manuel Valls pledges allegiance to Emmanuel Macron's movement

Christy Curtis | 16 May, 2017, 07:30

A senior official at a major Japanese automaker also welcomed Macron's victory, which means that France, a key member of the European Union, will maintain its pro-EU stance.

If another party wins a majority, Macron could be pressured to choose a prime minister from that party, a situation the French call "cohabitation". All that's missing, it seems, are a butcher, a baker and a candlestick-maker.

The movement will be renamed as "La R?publique En Marche" on July 15.

Mr Macron will become France's youngest leader since Napoleon.

Macron's plans also included lower state spending, higher investment and reforms of France's tax and pension systems.

Macron's positions on Israel, its conflict with the Palestinians and the Middle East in general correspond with those of the government of France's outgoing president, Francois Hollande, Macron told a predominantly Jewish crowd in March during a town hall meeting organized in Paris by CRIF.

Hardly surprising then that Macron's victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday is being hailed by advocates of liberalist economics, free trade and European integration. Legislative elections are scheduled for June.

North Korean diplomat open to USA talks 'under the right conditions'
The Trump administration has called the tests unacceptable and has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk. It's the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as it pursues a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach the US mainland.

The losers of the presidential election are aiming to capitalise on a general lack of enthusiasm for the pro-business Macron - whom many voters backed exclusively to bar Le Pen - to bounce back in the parliamentary vote.

Le Pen's National Front (FN) and the other elections losers are all hell bent on bouncing back in the parliamentary vote.

The exchange between the two pro-EU leaders was "very warm", a source close to Mr Macron said.

Indeed, there is some scepticism about Macron's ability to win a majority with candidates from his centrist En Marche movement alone, meaning he might have to form a coalition.

"We have been designated the leading opposition force in this second round, that shows a re-composition of political life", she said.

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.

"The French dip has already been bought", Jasper Lawler, senior market analyst at London Capital Group said in an email earlier in the afternoon.

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