France's Macron urges mainstream parties to form a coalition - letter

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron reviews troops that will take part in the Bastille Day parade, in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called on France's mainstream political forces to form a coalition with a "solid" majority after Sunday's elections resulted in a hung parliament.

Macron made the remarks in a letter published in several regional newspapers. He said he would name a prime minister at the end of this process.

In urging a coalition, Macron used the term "Republican bloc" which implies mainstream parties and not the far right and hardleft.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau, Dominique Vidalon; editing by Richard Lough)