Trump praises Macron for 'big win' in France's election

Rebecca Barbier
Mai 9, 2017

"Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France", he tweeted.

Hollande was speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony in Paris on Monday the day after Macron, a pro-EU centrist, won a resounding victory over far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

The vice president of the Republican party, who initially urged to vote against Le Pen, said that Macron "was elected without enthusiasm".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had congratulated Macron and had received a text back saying he was "looking forward to working together".

48-year-old Le Pen's share of the vote was set to be nearly twice that won by her father Jean-Marie.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump were among a few of the global leaders who congratulated Macron on his victory. "Macron will be Juncker's puppet", he wrote on Twitter, referring to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. Le Pen had promised as president to call a referendum to pull France out of the European Union, which would have threatened to destroy the institution. "Most voters decided that they want a president who will represent a modern and open France". Forget American exceptionalism, it is time to pay attention to the rise of French internationalism.

Macron knows that many voters backed him not out of conviction but simply to stop Le Pen taking power, and his support could evaporate at the parliamentary elections.

She said she will seek new alliances, after one she clinched ahead of the run-off with the leader of a small conservative party, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan.

Like Macron, Le Pen will now have to work to try to convert her presidential result into parliamentary seats, in a two-round system that has in the past encouraged voters to cast ballots tactically to keep her out. He has proposed an ambitious domestic reform agenda including cutting state spending, easing labor laws, boosting education in deprived areas and extending new protections to the self-employed.

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The 39-year-old must unite a deeply-divided country, roll back unemployment and try to nudge a fractious European Union along the path of reform - but he first faces a battle to secure a governing majority in legislative elections due next month.

"In order for us to act, we will need a majority in the National Assembly", En Marche secretary general Richard Ferrand told TF1 television, adding that only "half of the journey" had been completed.

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon and London Mayor Sadiq Khan also took to social media to celebrate Macron's win, although there was dismay at the outcome from former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.

The more radical leftist CGT union called for a demonstration on Monday against "liberal" economic policies.

(Web Desk) - Emmanuel Macron is the youngest president of France with no experience in running a political campaign or holding elected office.

More than 230 people have been killed in jihadist attacks in France since January 2015, many carried out in the name of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Hundreds of thousands of emails and documents stolen from his campaign were dumped online on Friday, leading the candidate to call it an attempt at "democratic destabilisation".

Unpopular Hollande was the first to bow to the rebellious mood in December as he became the first sitting president not to seek re-election in the French fifth republic, founded in 1958.

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