French Socialist Ex-premier Wants to Join Macron's Movement

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Emmanuel Macron's start-up political party was to announce on Thursday the names of several hundred candidates to do battle in a French parliamentary election that will decide how much power the centrist president-elect will enjoy once in office. (Forward!), a political movement he founded a year ago, has beaten Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front by roughly 65% to 35% of the votes. "I want this page to be one of hope and trust", he added.

That work begins right away.

39-year-old centrist liberal Macron who ran as the candidate of En Marche! "I will be a candidate in the presidential majority and I wish to join up to his movement, the Republic on the Move". We should none of us be cavalier about tossing out arrangements that have anchored our politics for so long, and nobody should be sanguine about the rise of the populist right. Like him, many are new to politics.

Macron was an investment banker at Rothschild from 2008 to 2012.

European Council President Donald Tusk congratulated the French people, in addition to their new president, and went straight for the jugular of what is seen as a Russian-directed last-minute attempt tosway the vote for Le Pen. Where those candidates were pro-Russian, Macron is a staunch supporter of the European Union, and politicians in Russia had mixed reactions to the news.

"Under Macron the country will sail on the current of European decisions", he said, saying France had rejected its chance to dictate the agenda and have "independent policy".

Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France.

The last time France had "cohabitation" was under President Jacques Chirac in 1997-2002, who described the setup as a state of "paralysis".

"Now we have a person who really wants progress, so it's absolutely exceptional", he said.

The French Interior Ministry said with 93 per cent of the votes counted, Macron had about 19.3 million votes, while Ms Le Pen secured about 10.4 million. "I'm not living with regrets".

The philosophy and literature lover is inexperienced, has no political party and must try to fashion a working parliamentary majority after legislative elections next month.

Unlike in the presidential election, where the traditional ruling parties were eliminated in the first round, they will once more be a force to be reckoned with in the lower house elections.

Eurocrats threw caution to the winds after the first round of the French presidential race and backed Macron openly, risking a backlash by French voters, who could have reacted badly to Germans, Belgians and others advising them on how to cast their ballots.

With 34 percent, Marine Le Pen nearly doubled her father's score.

This made clear that Le Pen's attempts to "de-toxify" the image of her party - whose founder, her father Jean-Marie, has multiple convictions for inciting discrimination and hatred and for minimising the Holocaust - had met with some success, even if she fell short of her goal.

The vote Sunday followed one of the most unpredictable election campaigns in modern history marked by scandal, repeated surprises and a last-minute hacking attack on Macron.

"Clearly, she didn't pass the test".

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