PM Modi speaks to French President-Elect Macron

PM Modi speaks to French President-Elect Macron

He campaigned on pro-business and pro-European policies, a risky move when a populist wave recently swept Donald Trump into the White House and led Britain to vote to leave the European Union would also carry her to France's presidential Elysee Palace.

In 13 districts, Le Pen scored more than 55 per cent of the vote leading many to believe the party will pick up seats in those areas at a minimum.

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told RTL radio Tuesday that he wished to join Emmanuel Macron's political movement as it strives to win a majority in France's lower house of parliament. A possible change to the name of her National Front party may be on the cards after she vowed to lead a "new force" into the parliamentary elections.

Macron has just a month to prepare for the next electoral fight; French voters will go back to the polls for parliamentary elections in early June (with a second round on June 18).

Macron fared slightly worse among "occasionally practising Catholics", however, with only 54 per cent backing him compared to 46 per cent voting Le Pen.

It is because there are two major challenges lying before Macron which, if handled poorly, could derail his presidency.

It will be a short honeymoon for French President-elect Emmanuel Macron.

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The party was due later on Wednesday to work further on what Baroin said would be a revamped programme for the National Assembly election.

Mr Valls was one of several Socialist Party heavyweights who backed Mr Macron after members selected leftwinger Benoit Hamon as presidential candidate.

And Macron's own party, En Marche, "has never fielded a single candidate in any election, local or national", the Guradian notes.

A cheering crowd of Macron's supporters gathered in front of the Louvre Museum in central Paris for a series of celebrate programs.

French President Francois Hollande chaired his final cabinet meeting Wednesday before handing over the reins to Emmanuel Macron, with his Socialist Party close to implosion.

"He ran a courageous pro-European campaign, stands for openness to the world and is committed decisively to a social market economy", the EU's most powerful leader added, congratulating Macron on his "spectacular" election success. In that contest, Jean-Marie Le Pen received 17.8 percent in losing to conservative Jacques Chirac, who got more than 82 percent. France is deeply divided and the election result reflected a very disturbing rise in ultraright support, particularly in the rust-belt areas of the country.

Macron's victory is a relief for Germany, the main defender of the European Union against rising anti-establishment sentiment on the right and left of the political spectrum.