French ex-PM Valls wants to join Macron's movement

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Marine Le Pen conceded defeat to Emmanuel Macron in France's presidential election and claimed the mantle as leader of the country's opposition.

In remarks following the release of the first projections, Le Pen said she had congratulated Macron, adding that she was satisfied with the results achieved by her National Front.

"The Socialist Party is dead; it's in the past", Valls said on Tuesday. However, Le Pen called on all patriots "to join us" in constituting a "new political force" during the upcoming legislative elections. The EU nations expressed relief that France had proven not to be the next domino to fall after Britain's Brexit vote.

"Your victory is a happy day for all who believe in a united and strong Europe", Kiska wrote in a telegram of congratulations to Macron, wishing him success in carrying out all tasks related to the office. "Cooperation in the European Union based on common values is irreplaceable for us, enabling us to overcome all challenges today and in the future".

"Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also many in Germany and across Europe", she told reporters, saying she was "very pleased" by his victory".

However, it is not France that we want to discuss. "New opportunities will now open up for the proactive agenda needed to strengthen the European Union, including more jobs and fair working conditions, a stronger climate policy and a functioning asylum system in which everyone takes responsibility", said Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

In a news conference, Richard Ferrand, the party's secretary-general said: "The first act of the recasting of our political life ended yesterday with the accession of Emmanuel Macron to the presidency of the Republic".

Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Macron to bridge deep rifts between Moscow and Paris and work together to fight the threat of terror.

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