Lunes, 21 May, 2018

France's Handover Starts as Macron Stays Mum on Future Premier

Emmnuel Macron and Christine Lagarde GETTYMr Macron could name Christine Lagarde as Prime Minister pollsters say
Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 06:34

"I know the country is divided and this has led to people voting for extremes", Macron said in the speech at his team's headquarters.

Emmanuel Macron, emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France's mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote to quit the EU. "I'll be at the head of this fight", she said.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde kisses Emmanuel Macron (when French Economy Minister) at the OECD headquarter in Paris, October 17, 2014.

He wants to ease rigid labour laws he believes fuel high unemployment, cut state spending, improve education in deprived areas and increase welfare protection to the self-employed.

Changing the name was discussed at the height of Le Pen's efforts to scrub the party image and remove traces of racism and anti-Semitism that scared away potential backers. Clearly a major tail risk that would have rattled investors has been avoided, and markets view favorably Macron's economic program centered on business, labor and fiscal reform. "We shall see", Jean-Claude Mailly, secretary general of the hardline leftist Force Ouvriere union told France Info radio.

And he will have to do just that to secure a parliamentary majority in June for a one-year-old political movement that has never fielded candidates for election. He has previously said he would like to appoint a woman.

In a congratulatory message to Macron on Monday, President Rouhani expressed the hope that the "age-old relations" between Iran and France would grow during the French politician's term in order to serve the interests of the two sides.

Macron also inherits a country still in a state of emergency following a string of Islamist-inspired attacks since 2015 that have killed more than 230 people and plagued Hollande's presidency.

When Macron announced that he was going to visit striking workers at a factory in eastern France who were fighting against the closure of their workplace and its transfer to low-wage Poland, Marine Le Pen rushed to get there before him, promising the workers they'd keep their jobs in France, and taking selfies with them, before leaving to the sound of applause. I personally like French electoral system and the French president is elected for the tenure of five years.

"The Socialist Party is dead and buried", Manuel Valls, a member of the party for almost 40 years said, told French radio station RTL.

Despite her defeat in the presidential election, Marine Le Pen has indicated that she will be campaigning again in next month's parliamentary vote.

The FN holds just two parliamentary seats now, but is hoping to increase that number to 20 following the presidential election.

Unknown three years ago, Macron is now poised to become one of Europe's most powerful leaders.

Macron's presidential victory came after a bruising race marked by negative campaigning and a last-minute hacking attack targeting his campaign.