Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wants to be Macron candidate

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wants to be Macron candidate

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

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

The left-wing paper Liberation said he was "under pressure", even before his inauguration which is set to take place next Sunday.

The economic policies of Macron, a former banker who at 39 will be the youngest president in the history of the Fifth Republic of France, differ significantly from those of the Socialist Party.

The German leader and her government had thrown their support behind Macron against far-right and anti-EU challenger Marine Le Pen during the campaign for the French presidential election.

According to polls released Monday, En Marche will win between 24 and 26 percent of votes in those elections, with the conservative Republicans party on 22 percent and the National Front on 21-22 percent. (Forward!) is tweaking its name as it prepares a list of candidates.

According to di Borgo, Le Pen showed herself to be "a very bad candidate during the May 3 debates against Macron", as she went from 42 percent of prospective votes before the debates to the 33.9 that she ended up gaining on Sunday.

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Massa, on the other hand, finished 13th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer and teammate Lance Stroll. Vettel eventually got by, but by then Hamilton had clawed back a few valuable seconds.

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 Monday, National Front officials said the party founded by her father would get a new name to try and draw in a broader spectrum of supporters.

Macron won the presidency with 66 percent of votes cast for a candidate.

Marine Le Pen has congratulated Macron on his victory. The holiday marks the day of the formal German defeat in World War II.

Monday also marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron highlighted in his campaign against Le Pen.

The opponents of Macron likely to follow the policies of Donald Trump like Le Pen would like to take France out of global institutions, including both the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; block borders; curtail trade; and impose quasi-Marxist state-dominated economics.

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

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said in a statement that while Macron's election is "extremely encouraging", his group is "concerned that a third of the French population voted for a unsafe political leader".

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