French government resigns in post-election formality

Emmanuel Macron's start-up political party on Thursday announced a list of 428 candidates for French parliamentary elections in June, just over half of them from civil society and one half of them women, fulfilling promises from his presidential campaign.

They include the man who led the elite French police unit that took down an Islamic State group cell, a computer whizz who started working at age 16 and a farmer. Party secretary general Richard Ferrand said the remaining number of candidates were a matter for further discussion and that the party was leaving the door open to politicians of other political stripes to come over to Macron's side.

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.

Ripping up France's political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a central pillar of the European Union.

On Monday, key members of the centrist arm of The Republicans appeared ready to work with Macron despite the party hierarchy calling for unity to oppose the new president and calling those that were wavering "traitors".

France's Interior Ministry said that with all ballots counted early Monday, Macron won 66.1 percent of the vote, whereas Le Pen got 33.9 percent.

Icon Books is to publish a "careful examination" of Emmanuel Macron, the 39 year-old president-elect of France, by freelance journalist Adam Plowright.

Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko (SNS) sees Macron as a new hope for uniting the EU.

Macron founded En Marche! in April previous year.

One of Macron's immediate tasks will be to name his prime minister who will govern between now and the parliamentary elections on June 11 and 18, and perhaps beyond.

Valls, a center-leaning politician in favor of relaxing labor protections, had already thrown his support behind Macron before the presidential election after losing to Benoit Hamon in the Socialist primary.

"I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that are undermining us", he said.

The party, founded previous year, will continue to campaign in legislative elections to take place next month.

  • Zachary Reyes