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15 May 2017, 12:57 | Marlene Fleming
Marine Le Pen conceded defeat to Emmanuel Macron in France's presidential election and claimed the mantle as leader of the country's opposition.
On Monday, though, Mr Hollande gripped Mr Macron's arm before the two men walked side by side and then announced the transfer of power would take place on Sunday. "(Vall's) voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated like anyone else's".
Mr Valls, a centre-leaning politician in favour of relaxing labour protections, had already thrown his support behind Mr Macron before the presidential election after losing to Benoit Hamon in the Socialist primary.
On Monday, the chief of Macron's movement, Richard Ferrand, said it would modify its name to "Republic on the Move" so as to structure itself more like a traditional party.
Hamon came in a distant fifth in the first round of France's presidential election, capturing just over 6 percent of the vote, the Socialist Party's worst result since 1969.
The incoming French leader has also agreed to a first meeting with US President Donald Trump, on the margins of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders summit in Brussels on May 25, the White House said.
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"President Trump emphasized his desire to work closely with president -elect Macron in confronting shared challenges, and noted the long and robust history of cooperation between the United States and its oldest ally, France", the White House said. I'm not living with regrets.
"Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also many in Germany and across Europe", she told reporters.
But he is inexperienced, has no political party and must fashion a working parliamentary majority after legislative elections next month.
Macron won the presidency with 66 percent of the votes cast for a candidate, but the election also had a high number of blank or spoiled votes and an unusually low turnout.
Macron has said half of the candidates for his year-old Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) for the 577 seats up for grabs in June 11-18 elections will be newcomers, meaning a diverse range of figures from business, civil service, local activism and academia are set to make their first foray into politics. If another party wins a majority, Macron could be pressured to choose a prime minister from that party.
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She said: "We will speak up for the millions of Scots who have had enough of the uncertainty and division of the last few years". And the SNP have not had any difficulty increasing their vote in local by-elections during the last two years.