Macron to visit Merkel in first foreign trip as French president

20 May, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Theresa May has warmly congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his election success

As part of his effort to convince voters that both he and his movement marked a break with the status quo, Macron previously promised that half of its candidates will be new to elected politics.

Pro-Europe centrist Macron, 39, was elected on Sunday after promising a "revolution" that would bring in fresh faces into France's stale political life and end the pattern of power alternating between traditional parties.

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron, left, stands with outgoing French president François Hollande during a ceremony in Paris on Monday marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.

Hollande will delegate his powers to Macron on Sunday, May 14.

Indeed, a record number of voters, around 9 percent, cast a blank ballot, many in protest to what they saw as a choice between a far-right extremist and a former investment banker turned Socialist, turned centrist with little political experience.

Monday also marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Le Pen's brand of populism.

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

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With virtually all votes counted, Macron had topped 66 percent against just under 34 percent for Le Pen - a gap wider than the 20 or so percentage points that pre-election surveys had suggested.

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.

Macron's biggest challenge however is likely to come from the conservative Republicans, still smarting from defeat in a presidential election that was theirs for the taking before their candidate Francois Fillon became embroiled in an expenses scandal. Ferrand also said the names of Macron's 577 candidates in the legislative elections would be announced this Thursday.

Analysts said she looked set to maintain her grip on the National Front, despite criticism from some party members, including her own relatives, over her campaign.

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron.

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.

Macron is fearless leader and rejected the traditional politics.

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