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Macron appears at event with Hollande amid preparations for transition to power

Monday 08/May/2017 - 02:19 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited By: Nada Moustafa
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron has appeared by the side of the man he is succeeding as the country commemorates the end of the Second World War، BT news reported.

It was Mr Macron’s first public appearance with President Francois Hollande since Mr Macron resigned as economy minister in August to run for office.

Facing massive unpopularity، Mr Hollande decided against seeking a second term.

At Monday’s ceremony on the Champs-Elysees، Mr Hollande approached Mr Macron and gripped him by the shoulder before the two men walked beneath the Arc de Triomphe.

Mr Hollande announced that the inauguration of his successor will take place on Sunday.

The president said the transfer of power would take place just a week after Mr Macron’s election as the youngest president in modern France.
Mr Macron is preparing the groundwork for his transition to power، with plans for a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement.

Mr Macron defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s presidential vote، and now must pull together a majority for his year-old political movement by mid-June legislative elections.

His party، En Marche! (Forward!) is tweaking its name as it prepares a list of candidates. Mr Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics، as he was before Sunday.

The far-right National Front party is also gearing up for a name change، if not a makeover of its ideas، after Ms Le Pen’s decisive loss. In interviews on Monday her campaign director David Rachline said the party founded by her father would get a new name as bait to pull in a broader spectrum of supporters in France.

Mr Macron won the presidency with 66% of votes cast for a candidate. But a high number of blank or spoiled votes and an unusually low turnout are signs of an electorate dissatisfied with its choices.

Mr Rachline said Ms Le Pen will lead the opposition to Mr Macron.

The incoming president appeared alongside Mr Hollande in commemoration of the end of the Second World War.

Monday، a national holiday، marks the day of the formal German defeat. It also marks decades of peace in western Europe، something Mr Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Ms Le Pen’s brand of populism.

Ms Le Pen called for France to leave the European Union and drop the euro currency in favour of the franc.

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

Michael Roth، Germany’s deputy foreign minister، applauded Mr Macron’s win but said the result was marred by the fact that 11 million people in France voted for Ms Le Pen.

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