Marine Le Pen's Niece Should Take Over FN Leadership - French Lawmaker

Theresa May has warmly congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his election success

Centrist Emmanuel Macron won 66.1 percent of the vote whereas his rival, the far-right National Front leader, Marine Le Pen, got 33.9 percent, according to the official results announced by the head of the Council, Laurent Fabius at a news conference.

"The second act in the redrawing of our political life will be the building of a parliamentary majority in the elections in June", secretary general of the movement, Richard Ferrand, told reporters on Monday.

Macron has vowed to implement reforms that would make the French economy more competitive.

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron faces the first major test of his plans to overhaul the country's politics Thursday as his party reveals its candidates for parliamentary elections in June.

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.

Macron said before Sunday's vote he had made his choice but would not reveal the name.

Their reaction to the news that Valls wanted to join them was hardly greeted warmly.

Hollande's term as president expires May 14 midnight. He also wrote in a statement that the result was "a victory against hate and extremism" by the French people.




"I will do everything I can over the next five years to ensure that people no longer have any reason to vote for extremes", he said.

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron. A key aide said the party would change its name as part of a revamp.

France's two-round voting system makes it hard to project the final result, with parliamentary elections often yielding several three-way races where two parties ally against a third, typically the National Front.

Right wing parties have to bear loss in recently held presidential elections in France.

Western leaders largely hailed the result after the shock of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump in the United States. But Macron's team gave the idea a frosty reception.

In a victory party on Sunday evening, Macron walked on to the stage to the strains of "Ode to Joy", the anthem of the EU.

When he was in high school, Macron fell in love with his 40-year-old drama teacher, who was married with three children.

Trump, who had hinted at support for Le Pen during the campaign, tweeted congratulations to Macron on a "big win" and said he looked forward to working with him.

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