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

Far right a fixture in France despite Le Pen defeat

Far right a fixture in France despite Le Pen defeat

In an interview with Sputnik, a deputy from France's centrist political party The Union of Democrats and Independents, Rudy Salles, said that all the Democrats and Republicans in France mobilized their efforts to prevent Marine Le Pen from winning the presidential election.

"France is one of the biggest trading partners of the Philippines in the European Union, and we look forward to working with the incoming Macron administration to enhance Philippines-France bilateral relations", he added.

"Happy that the French chose a European 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".

"We view this election as a recognition of the lasting attractiveness of values and principles that have been buttressing existing European cooperation and at the same time also as a display of the will to continue in building the common [European] project", wrote the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry in an official statement, stressing that Slovakia considers France to be one of its most important foreign partners and allies within the EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"This is a victory for the French people and for European cooperation".

"I will vote for Emmanuel Macron", Hollande said in a speech, broadcast by BFMTV television.

In Malacañang, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Philippines is looking forward to forging stronger ties with France under Macron's administration.

"I look forward to working closely with President-elect Macron in the years ahead as we work together on a progressive agenda to promote worldwide security, increase collaboration in science and technology, and create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic", he said in a statement earlier.