96 percent of French Israelis vote for Macron, envoy says

Supporters of French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron reacted outside his campaign headquarters in Paris on Sunday

Supporters of French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron reacted outside his campaign headquarters in Paris on Sunday

The euro pulled back in early trade on Monday, as the initial relief rally over centrist reformer Emmanuel Macron winning the French presidential election started to fizzle.

Le Gal tweeted that 96.3 percent of French Israelis who cast their ballots in the cities of Tel Aviv, Netanya, Haifa, Ashdod, Eilat and Be'er Sheva opted for Macron, who went on to win with 64 percent of the total vote against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

"I will be a candidate in the presidential majority and I wish to join up to his [Macron's] movement", the former prime minister told RTL radio. The group will announce its 577 candidates for the parliamentary seats on Thursday and won't engage in alliances, aside from the one already concluded with Francois Bayrou's MoDem.

On Wednesday, Macron turned down former socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, saying he did not fit the "criteria" as his plans were not to "recycle" politicians.

"Every support to the president is welcome", said Jean-Paul Delevoye, the president of the commission in charge of assessing candidates. "But support doesn't necessarily translate into a nomination".

A poll showed that only 52% of voters want a pro-Macron government to emerge from the elections, while 42% favoured a legislature that would be a check on the new leader. "His voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated as anyone else's". Investors took profit on a roughly 3 percent gain for the currency since he won the first round two on April 23.

"He ran a courageous pro-European campaign, stands for openness to the world and is committed decisively to a social market economy", the EU's most powerful leader added, congratulating Macron on his "spectacular" election success.

The Socialists remain torn between the radical left of their defeated candidate Benoit Hamon and the more centrist branch that had been led by Valls.

The party's first secretary Jean-Christophe Cambadélis said "a procedure is ongoing". "It is behind us", he said.

He has said he was aiming for an absolute majority in the lower chamber in June's elections.

President-elect Macron, 39, was previously economy minister in Hollande's cabinet.

It's more likely that no one party will win enough seats to form a majority in the Assembly, forcing Macron to weld together a coalition of different factions under a compromise agenda and cabinet.

We are hoping that President-elect Macron will work hard to unify the French people, particularly at a time when major nations around the world (the U.S., Britain, Turkey, Japan, India and others) are embracing autocrats who are clamping down on free speech and a free press.

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