Former French PM Manuel Valls pledges allegiance to Emmanuel Macron's movement

Marine Le Pen

Macron stepped down from the chairmanship of the movement Thursday and 68-year-old former Socialist government adviser Catherine Barbaroux was named as interim president.

Mr Hamon, who gained popularity in recent years by leading a group of rebel Socialist lawmakers who opposed Mr Valls, was a distant fifth in the first round of the presidential election after garnering just over 6% of the votes, the Socialist Party's worst result since 1969.

Macron's victory at the head of a year-old movement that has presented itself as a home for progressives of all stripes has blown up France's long-standing left-right political divide.

The rest will be from the centrist Modem party or rebels from the Socialists and right-wing Republicans.

Jean-Paul Delevoye, head of the committee for selecting parliamentary candidates for Macron's party, said any would-be candidate must respect the party's rules and then the committee would review the application.

It's nothing new. Violent protests, egg-throwing and heckling disrupted the campaigns of both the president-elect and his defeated far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

The election offered a stark choice between Le Pen's plan to ditch the euro and break up the European Union, and the centrist Emmanuel Macron's pledge to deepen European Union integration.

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

Outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande is due to formally hand over power to Macron on Sunday.

The right-wing Republicans party is seeking to win enough seats in parliament to force Macron into a power-sharing deal.

The former investment banker's victory over Le Pen has been hailed as the strongest sign that populism may be peaking in Europe after setbacks for nationalists in the Netherlands and Austria.

The French Interior Ministry said with 93 per cent of the votes counted, Macron had about 19.3 million votes, while Ms Le Pen secured about 10.4 million.

"The essential thing today is to give a broad and coherent majority.to Emmanuel Macron to allow him to govern".

"We have a real problem with France", Juncker said in Berlin yesterday. The French spend too much money and they spend too much in the wrong places.

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