French Constitutional Council Officially Approves Macron as President-Elect

Mr Macron is putting together his list of candidates for the legislative elections - a task he has complicated by pledging absolute gender parity and promising that half his candidates will come from outside political circles.

"This Socialist Party is dead, it is behind us", Valls added Tuesday.

"All support for the president is welcome", said Jean-Paul Delevoye, head of the Republic on the Move panel assessing the candidates. "His voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated as anyone else's".

Valls, a center-leaning politician in favor of relaxing France's tight labor protections, could not even win his own Socialist party's presidential primary, losing to Benoit Hamon.

Although every recent French presidential election has been followed by the winner's party going on to take control of parliament, the outcome this time around has been made murky by Macron's lack of an established base. The poor result has triggered a fierce debate within the Socialists about whether to stick with Hamon's left-wing platform or to switch back to the more centrist views of Valls and his allies.

The news sends a signal to politicians to the left and right of Macron's year-old Republic on the Move party that they can not sit on the fence as they seek to position themselves for the June elections that will complete the political landscape for the next five years.

Marine Le Pen, his far-right opponent in the Presidential runoff, quickly called Macron to concede her defeat after voters rejected her "French-first" nationalism by a large margin. "I'm not living with regrets".

When he moves into the Elysée Palace after his inauguration on Sunday, Macron will become the eighth - and youngest - president of France's Fifth Republic.

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

Though Macron's party does not have any members in the current parliament, Macron and his aides are hoping to secure a majority in June to allow him to push through economic reforms to revive an economy beset by high unemployment and sluggish growth.

Last December, Valls was replaced as prime minister by Bernard Cazeneuve, who in his previous role as interior minister had overseen France's reaction to jihadist attacks.

Prime Minister Modi had earlier greeted Emmanuel Macron for his "emphatic victory" in the French Presidential election.

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

  • Leroy Wright