Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

5 things to know about French president-elect Emmanuel Macron

5 things to know about French president-elect Emmanuel Macron

He shed his breezier campaign demeanor for a solemn, more statesman-like look in his first appearances after his victory and again Monday, at a sober ceremony with Hollande to commemorate Germany's defeat in World War II.

Hamon went on to make a disastrous showing in the presidential election, being eliminated in the first round in fifth place.

France's economic malaise, especially high unemployment, had undermined the popularity of outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande to the point where he decided not even to run again as a candidate.

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

On Friday, a huge leak of documents from Macron's campaign appeared online.

French deputy to the European Parliament Sylvie Goulard said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well.

Other world leaders have also congratulated Mr Macron. But it will be contesting its first ever election.

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In his Monday message to the newly-elected French president, Rouhani said under the aegis of positive mutual interaction and cooperation, Tehran-Paris relations would certainly witness more growth and boost in all fields of common interests in politics, economics and culture.

More generally, the French election has been viewed through the prism of Brexit and the election of Trump, and Le Pen garnering the bulk of USA television coverage.

He also said the names of Macron's 577 candidates in the legislative elections would be announced this Thursday.

Marine Le Pen, the face of France's populist movement, was roundly defeated by Macron, but one-third of the country supported her populist nationalism and anti-EU posturing.

While he met publicly with Britain's Brexit spearhead and anti-immigration firebrand Nigel Farage, Trump has never made an appearance with the leader of France's far-right National Front.

The far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party of Jean-Luc Melenchon would score 13-15 percent and the Socialist Party 8-9 percent if the two-round parliamentary elections were held now, the surveys suggested. The former prime minister's move was harshly criticized by the PS. The worst-case scenario for him would be a strong parliamentary majority for his opponents, dictating his choice of prime minister and limiting his presidency. Most immediate is gaining seats in parliamentary elections next month; his fledgling party has no legislators or political machinery to drive campaigning. Many voters backed him reluctantly, simply to keep out Le Pen's extremism. If Macron is able to deliver tangible benefits to the people-from the factory worker in France's hinterlands to the young, unemployed Parisian-then perhaps he can bring about a new stability that will defend against hard-liners like Le Pen and Mélenchon.

"He needs to cool down", said Raphael Garine, a protesting student.

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