Far-right party leader Marine Le Pen said after Sunday night's voting that ``at a minimum'' Macron must dissolve the French parliament and put in place a voting system more favorable to her party at home.
Security was extra-high in Paris as authorities braced for resurgent yellow vest anger, and Paris police said some 70 people were detained by mid-morning. Multiple protest events are being held around Paris and other cities Saturday for the 23rd weekend of the yellow vest movement.
May needs Labour votes in parliament to get a deal approved. But Labour's demands include keeping Britain in a customs union with the EU, something which is hard to reconcile with May's desire for Britain to have an independent trade policy.
Gabriel said Macron's proposals to reform the European Union would be "very important" in the coalition talks, which are due to begin on Jan. 7 after Merkel failed to reach agreement with two smaller parties.
During a meeting, out of the blue, the meeting was interrupted when French President Macron's dog Nemo casually started peeing on the ornate fireplace at the Élysée Palace. The act was caught on camera by a local TV crew who were there to record the discussion.