French Prosecutors Open Probe Into Macron Campaign Hack

Juncker is pleased that he longer has to contend with a potential “Frexit” now that Macron has been elected President. The President of the European Commission was wary of this serious threat had Marine Le Pen been elected

PARIS-French prosecutors have opened an investigation into a massive hack of President-elect Emmanuel Macron's political party that rocked the election days before voters headed to the polls, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday. But neither party got through to Sunday's presidential runoff, when Macron defeated the far-right's Marine Le Pen.

Valls's move could be a boost for Macron, who needs to secure a majority in the elections to have a realistic chance of implementing his ambitious reform plans.

Mr Macron has said the defectors can keep their existing party membership and still run on his parliamentary ticket. Politicians from the traditional parties in France have taken on the air of survivors from a ship-wreck following Macron's triumph which in particular dealt a death blow to the Socialists.

Traditionally, the president and prime minister are of the same party. In his power base in Bordeaux, Juppe told journalists: "I am not envisaging systematic obstruction and head-on opposition (to Macron)".

If another party wins a majority, Mr Macron could be pressured to choose a prime minister from that party, a situation the French call "cohabitation". On past form in French politics, this leaves an incumbent president unable to exert control over economic policy.

Ceasefire in Syria from midnight
But analysts say there is much yet to be negotiated on Syria and remaining differences between Turkey and Russian Federation . Russia, Turkey and Iran act as guarantors of the Astana peace process.

The Prime Minister on Tuesday said he was looking forward to working with Macron to further deepen the cooperation between India and France.

Socialist President Francois Hollande is due to formally hand over power on Sunday to Macron at an Elysee Palace ceremony at which he will be accompanied in all likelihood by his wife and future First Lady, Brigitte Macron. But Macron will be cautious about inviting too many prominent former Socialists into his movement as that would lend ammunition to conservative opponents portraying his administration as a continuation of Hollande's unpopular rule.

Radical left-winger Jean-Luc Melenchon, also eliminated in the presidential contest, criticised his erstwhile allies in the Communist Party and vowed to campaign without them for seats in the 577-seat National Assembly.

"I am attached to the Socialist party, its history, its values but the Socialist party is dead and gone", he said. "I will be a candidate in the presidential majority and I wish to join up to his movement, the Republic on the Move". "It is behind us. The essential thing today is to give a broad and coherent majority.to Emmanuel Macron to allow him to govern", he said.

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