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Spain's PM, France's Macron meet to discuss parliamentary vote

Spanish acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives to address the media following election results at the party headquarters in Madrid, Spain, May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met on Monday in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the results of the European parliamentary elections, Sanchez’s office said.

During a dinner in the Elysee Palace, the two leaders discussed the allocation of top jobs in parliament and their rejection of the far-right, it added.

“They also analysed the institutional renewal and they agree that new posts need to reflect the new majority in the European Parliament,” a statement of the Spanish PM office said.

Sanchez’s Socialist party (PSOE) finished first in Spain in the European election. Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National won most votes in France but the margin of victory over Macron’s liberal party was narrow.

After Sunday’s election, a coalition of the conservative European People’s Party and the Socialists no longer has a majority in the European Parliament, meaning that they may have to rely on the liberals.

Reporting by Belen Carreno; Writing by Paul Day and Joan Faus; editing by John Stonestreet and Sonya Hepinstall