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French PM calls on Europe to adopt growth policies after vote

France's prime minister on Monday called for Europe to boost support for growth and employment policies after eurosceptic far-right parties triumphed in EU parliament elections.

PARIS: France's prime minister on Monday called for Europe to boost support for growth and employment policies after eurosceptic far-right parties triumphed in EU parliament elections.

"I am convinced that Europe could be re-oriented to increase support for growth and employment, which it hasn't done in years," Manuel Valls told French radio.

Valls spoke a day after France's Front National stormed to first place in the country's EU vote, scooping 25 per cent of the ballots cast and leaving Valls's ruling Socialists in a humiliating third place with 14 per cent.

He ruled out stepping down in the wake of the vote or of changing his government's five-year policy "roadmap".

"We need time and I demand this time," he said. "We must not let down our guard, to refuse our responsibilities, to make place for the extreme right."

"We are not going to add to the identity crisis, the moral crisis that France is going through," he said, adding that this would lead to a country becoming "ungovernable".

"Our only mission is to continue our work to repair the country. If we don't do this, we would not live up to our responsibilities," he said.

Valls also said he was dismayed by what he called the latest "massive abstention" by Socialist voters in the polls.

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