Former French Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday he wanted to stand for President-elect Emmanuel Macron's political movement in June parliamentary elections, the first high-profile defection since Macron's election win on Sunday.
Valls, a center-leaning politician in favor of relaxing labor protections, had already thrown his support behind Macron before the presidential election after losing to Benoit Hamon in the Socialist primary.
There is scepticism about Macron's ability to win a majority with candidates from his En Marche movement - "neither of the left, nor right" - alone, meaning he might have to form a coalition.
Macron, the victor of Sunday's vote, is a political newcomer and will be the youngest president in France's history at 39 years old. If so, he'll be able to choose a prime minister. In interviews on Monday her campaign director David Rachline said the party founded by her father would get a new name as bait to pull in a broader spectrum of supporters in France.
Valls' overture received a non-committal response from Macron's party.
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When he moves into the Elysee Palace after his inauguration next weekend, Macron will become the eighth - and youngest - president of France's Fifth Republic.
Mr Macron won the presidency with 66 per cent 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.
Le Pen told party backers that the National Front party would undergo a "profound transformation" following the loss. In total, 28 per cent of Catholics voted for Fillon, compared to 22 per cent each for Macron and Le Pen.
Monday also marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron highlighted in his campaign against Le Pen.
Ms Le Pen called for France to leave the European Union and drop the euro currency in favour of the franc. "We're not giving any instructions", she told French media. But she defiantly claimed the mantle of France's main opposition in calling on "all patriots to join us" in constituting a "new political force", which she said would be the main opposition to the new government.