Macron French president-elect's 'revolution' faces first test

Posted May 20, 2017

But Le Pen's 34 percent - a high in any national election for her far-right National Front - confirms her party as a formidable force, its French-first nationalism increasingly accepted by a growing swath of electors despite its history of anti-Semitism and racism.

On Monday, he appeared alongside the man he will succeed as president, President Francois Hollande, at the commemoration of Victory in Europe day on May 8, 1945. 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. The National Front is also gearing up for a rebranding - if not a makeover - of its ideas. "I will propose starting this deep transformation of our movement in order to make a new political force", she said.

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

"Le Pen's most notable accomplishment is her dramatic expansion of the party's base, broadening its appeal in a way her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, never could during his almost 40 years leading the National Front, a process that involved quite literally throwing him out of the party and working to expel its other anti-Semitic elements", The Atlantic's Emily Schultheis wrote. The ceremony marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Le Pen's brand of nationalist populism.

The French president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, plans to visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel shortly after his inauguration, according to Sylvie Goulard, a member of the European Parliament and a close confidante of Macron.

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"The National Front is a tool that will evolve to be more efficient, bring even more people together after the number of voters we reached last night".

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 risky political leader". He suggested relaxing European Union rules on state spending to allow France to boost its economic growth.

The CAC 40 index of leading French shares fell 0.9 percent to 5,383.

Germany's DAX was down 0.3 percent at 12,683 and Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.1 percent at 7,301. Other indexes across Europe also dipped, while the euro, which briefly hit a six-month high above $1.10 overnight, was down 0.7 percent at $1.0924.

Helena Alvez in Paris and Carlo Piovano in London contributed.