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Macron poised to launch next stage of his French 'revolution'

15 May 2017

He's hoping to run in the Essonne department, his fiefdom south of Paris, but Republic on the Move officials said his nomination won't be automatic. "(Vall's) voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated like anyone else's".

Mr Macron's 577 candidates in the elections are expected to be announced on Thursday.

Hamon went on to make a disastrous showing in the presidential election, being eliminated in the first round in fifth place.

Macron handily defeated far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday's presidential runoff, and now must pull together a majority of lawmakers in the mid-June legislative election.

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Benjamin Griveaux, the spokesman of the En Marche! movement, told the Europe 1 broadcaster that Valls' candidature had not yet been confirmed by the party's responsible committee.

"President Trump emphasized his desire to work closely with president -elect Macron in confronting shared challenges, and noted the long and robust history of cooperation between the United States and its oldest ally, France", the White House said.

The party's first secretary Jean-Christophe Cambadélis said "a procedure is ongoing". I'm not living with regrets.

But he is inexperienced, has no political party and must fashion a working parliamentary majority after legislative elections next month. The National Assembly in France has full powers to pass laws and approve the prime minister, and the country's two main parties - the Socialists and the Union for a Popular Movement - which for the first time were both absent from the second round of the presidential election, are seeking to use the vote to bounce back.

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Jeddah - Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his election as president of France. "I would like to be part of Macron's movement La Republique En Marche", Valls said, Sputnik International reports.

If Mr Macron's party performs poorly, he could also be forced to form a coalition, a common occurrence in many European countries but something very unusual in France.

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Sylvie Corbet in Paris contributed.

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