Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Emmanuel Macron prepares groundwork for transition to power

Emmanuel Macron prepares groundwork for transition to power

Amid a sea of red, white, and blue tricolor flags at a victory party outside the iconic Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, Macron said the country was turning a page in its history and pledged to the thousands in attendance to defend France and Europe and "rebuild links between Europe and its citizens".

Mr Hollande announced that the inauguration of his successor will take place on Sunday.

She would be running against a product of the elite system, a former investment banker, financial adviser and later economy minister to the most unpopular President of the fifth Republic, François Hollande.

He wants to ease rigid labour laws he believes fuel high unemployment, cut state spending, improve education in deprived areas and increase welfare protection to the self-employed. The movement's Secretary General Richard Ferrand also officially confirmed the change of the name to La Republique en Marche.

The National Front (FN) candidate suffered a landslide loss in Sunday's election, scraping barely one third of votes in the second round of France's presidential election.

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Macron's presidency will depend on next month's legislative elections. He has previously said he would like to appoint a woman.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the 2017 French presidential election with 66.1 percent of the votes cast in a runoff over the weekend, the updated final results published Monday by the French Interior Ministry show.

The president walked beside the 39-year-old Macron to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the monument, where they laid a wreath. The ceremony will follow as- Macron will go to the Elysee and be received in the courtyard by Hollande.

Prior to the election in France, Putin invited Macron's rival Le Pen to Moscow.

Ever since she was five years old, Le Pen was raised to be a fighter by her father, the holocaust denying Jean-Marie, who started the National Front four decades ago.

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"The Socialist Party is dead and buried", Manuel Valls, a member of the party for almost 40 years said, told French radio station RTL.

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

The past year in politics has seen the world turned on its head with the unpredictable happening, first with the British voting to exit Europe and then with the unthinkable, the boorish Donald Trump becoming President of the United States.

A large archive of emails purportedly from Macron's campaign was leaked on Friday, two days before the election. While he handsomely beat far right contender Marine Le Pen, the country is in unchartered territory after the mainstream centre-right Republicans and centre-left Socialists failed to qualify.

Consequently, the new president's decision to call the German chancellor so soon after the result of the election drew scorn from social media.

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Previously Mr Trump had seemed to favour Mr Macron's opponent, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, whom he had praised as "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France".

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