France's Macron lays groundwork for transition to presidency

He must pull together a majority of lawmakers for the party to run in the mid-June legislative election.

After his victory on Sunday night, Merkel praised the success of Macron and his independent, politically centrist En Marche! movement. Some of Mr Macron's backers welcomed the move while others expressed hostility to Mr Valls and suggested that he might suffer the humiliation of being rejected as a candidate.

But for the first time in the country's post-war history, France's new leader does not have a big party machine behind him, after the two main parties, the Republicans and Socialists, crashed out in the first round of the presidential election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Emmanuel Macron last evening, congratulating him on his victory in French Presidential election.

On Monday, though, Hollande gripped Macron's arm before the two men walked side by side.

Monday also marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron highlighted in his campaign against Le Pen.

Ms Le Pen called for France to leave the European Union and drop the euro currency in favour of the franc.

The French president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, plans to visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel shortly after his inauguration, according to Sylvie Goulard, a member of the European Parliament and a close confidante of Macron.

The statement from Macron's former boss - Macron was economy minister when Valls was premier - shows how the political map is being re-drawn in France in the wake of the 39-year-old's crushing victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday.

His party chief, Richard Ferrand, said on Monday Macron's 'En Marche!' (Forward!) movement would change its name to "En Marche la Republique" or "Republic on the Move", so as to structure itself more like a traditional party.

Among the approximately 450 candidates set to be announced on Thursday will be a number of familiar political faces from the Socialist party and from the centrist party Modem, headed by Macron ally Francois Bayrou.

His announcement appeared to take the president-elect's camp by surprise.

"The only credible change would be for Marion Le Pen to replace Marine Le Pen, because she is clearly superior to her", di Borgo said. In interviews Monday, party officials said a new name would aim to broaden its appeal.

Michael Roth, Germany's deputy foreign minister, applauded Mr Macron's win but said the result was marred by the fact that 11 million people in France voted for Ms Le Pen.

More congratulations rolled in from world leaders.

  • Leroy Wright