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Macron wins French election

Macron wins French election

The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party congratulated Macron on his victory and wished him a lot of courage when introducing the reforms that France needs, the SITA newswire reported.

The president said the transfer of power would take place just a week after Mr Macron's election as the youngest president in modern France.

French President Francois Hollande warmly greeted Emmanuel Macron on Monday in their first public meeting since the centrist's resounding election victory the day before. "We look forward to working with the new President and continuing our close cooperation with the French government".

Another senior National Front senior official had said that if Macron wins, "France will have a submissive, by default president, not one that was really chosen".

Emmanuel Macron has never tried to be president before.

In a pointed endorsement of European unity, Macron strode to the stage at his raucous victory party in the grand central courtyard of Paris's Louvre Museum on Sunday night to the strains of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" theme, the European Union's anthem. While politicians in France are applauding his election as representing vigour, imagination and hope in the practice of French democracy, which is the right sentiment to express at this juncture when relief at Le Pen's defeat is upper most in their minds, the problems lie ahead.

Hillary Clinton, who lost last year's election to Trump, tweeted, "Victory for Macron, for France, the European Union, & the world".

In the final vote results from the interior ministry, Macron won 66.1 per cent of the vote against 33.9 per cent for Le Pen.




The president walked beside the 39-year-old Macron to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the monument, where they laid a wreath.

In addition to determination and talent, Macron's associates say luck also was very much on his side. In an interview with RTL television, Mr Jean-Marie Le Pen said her euro policy derailed her campaign and she should have focused on immigration and security instead.

A combination photo shows U.S. President DonaldTrump walks down the stairs from the Air Force One in NY, the United States, May 4, 2017 and Emmanuel Macron greets his supporters at a rally in Paris, France, on April 23, 2017, respectively.

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Meanwhile, Ms Le Pen's father redoubled his criticism of his daughter late on Sunday.

The news agency, AFP, reported that prosecutors had launched an investigation.

With 12.1 million voters who did not cast ballots, there were more non-voters than Le Pen voters in Sunday's election.


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