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Macron wins French presidency; European Union elated

Macron wins French presidency; European Union elated

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Macron on "emphatic" victory and said he was looking forward to working with him "to further strengthen India-France ties".

Incoming French president Emmanuel Macron was starting to build his centrist government Tuesday, with his former Socialist boss jockeying for position in a radically changed political landscape.

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron.

Hillary Clinton congratulated Emmanuel Macron on winning the French presidential election on Sunday, and used the opportunity to take a swipe at the media.

Leaders of French Jewry expressed relief at the defeat of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the presidential election but concern that she received more than a third of the vote.

The President-elect will attend a party board meeting Monday afternoon.

Freshly elected to the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron now faces an equally hard Act II: securing the parliamentary majority he needs to make good on his campaign promises to lift France out of economic gloom.

Socialist leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis attempted to prevent a wave of defections to Macron's camp, warning Valls he could not remain a party member and run for parliament on Macron's ticket.




"Everything starts right now", Kalifat, who has lobbied intensively in favor of Macron in recent days, wrote optimistically on Twitter.

Sunday's results mark a meteoric rise for Macron, who at 39 will become France's youngest-ever president. "But they don't know France".

Macron will name his prime minister next week, but could be forced to amend his choice if the legislative elections don't go to plan.

Macron's victory is also expected to help stabilise the European Union, which India is eyeing as an important pillar of global free trade but which has appeared under threat at times since Britain's 2016 vote to leave the bloc.

A hundred and forty-one people were arrested in Paris after trouble flared overnight following Macron's victory, police said on Monday.

There's every chance that Macron will end up having to govern in a so-called "cohabitation" with representatives from parties beyond his nascent political movement, En Marche, which is being renamed as La Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move).

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.


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