Macron gears up for chal­lenges ahead

Lesotho Times - - International -

PARIS — French Pres­i­dent-elect Em­manuel Macron has laid the ground­work for his tran­si­tion to power, an­nounc­ing a visit to Ger­many and a name change for his po­lit­i­cal move­ment and ap­pear­ing with his pre­de­ces­sor at a solemn World War II com­mem­o­ra­tion.

Macron hand­ily de­feated far-right Na­tional Front leader Marine Le Pen in Sun­day’s pres­i­den­tial runoff, and now must pull to­gether a ma­jor­ity of law­mak­ers for his year-old po­lit­i­cal move­ment to run in the mid-june leg­isla­tive elec­tion.

His party is chang­ing its name to La Republique En Marche (Re­pub­lic on the Move) as it pre­pares a list of can­di­dates. Macron has promised that half of those can­di­dates will be new to elected pol­i­tics, as he was be­fore his vic­tory Sun­day.

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

Le Pen says she will lead the op­po­si­tion to Macron. The Na­tional Front, mean­while, is also gear­ing up for a name change — if not a makeover of its ideas — af­ter 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.

“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.

And so we have an im­mense re­spon­si­bil­ity vis-a-vis the French peo­ple, who trust us,” said Ni­co­las Bay, the party’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

— AP

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