Trudeau congratulates France's president-elect Macron on decisive win

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls said today he wanted to be a candidate for newly elected president Emmanuel Macron's centrist movement in next month's legislative elections.

Valls, a man deeply associated with the unpopular President François Hollande, supported Macron rather than the Socialist Party candidate during the presidential election.

Valls, who announced in March he would vote for Macron in the presidential election, is on the right of the Socialist party and has similar pro-business views to Macron, who will assume office next Sunday as France's youngest leader since Napoleon.

"Every support to the president is welcome", said Jean-Paul Delevoye, the president of the commission in charge of assessing candidates. "His voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated as anyone else's".

As economy minister, a post he held for two years from August 2014, Macron had called for the merger of French auto giant Renault SA and its Japanese partner, Nissan Motor Co.

Guillaume Balas, who co-ordinated Mr Hamon's platform, said Mr Valls "excluded" himself from the party with his allegiance to Mr Macron's movement.

May says Macron "was elected with a strong mandate, which he can take with him as a strong position in the (Brexit) negotiations". "I'm not living with regrets".

The candidates will be announced by Thursday.

Philippe Braud, professor emeritus at Sciences Po university in Paris, said Macron's decisive win on Sunday meant an outright majority - deemed highly improbable just a few weeks ago - was "not impossible".

The head of the French bishops' conference welcomed the election of President-elect Emmanuel Macron and said he hoped June legislative elections would not place the country "in an ungovernable situation".

"I know the anger, the anxiety and the doubts that a large number of you have expressed", Mr. Macron told thousands of cheering and flag-waving supporters at a victory party in the courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris.

Many believe that Macron's win will help ease concerns about European politics.

"To govern effectively, Macron needs the backing of a parliamentary majority (289 seats or more), but the chance of his movement being able to build one, from zero seats, appears slim", the analyst said.

  • Jon Douglas