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Macron Wins French Election

20 Mai 2017

Emmanuel Macron is the next president of France, defeating his far right rival Marine Le Pen by a comfortable 65.1% to 34.9% (according to a usually reliable vote estimate by pollsters Ispos/Sopra Steria for French state TV and radio and Le Monde).

He spoke with "the French president-elect to congratulate him on his victory", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. Merkel said Macron "carries the hopes of millions" in Europe, speaking ahead of the upcoming G7 and G20 summits in which European Union nations will now be able to present a united front against Trump's protectionist stance.

The abstention rate was 25.44 percent compared with a rate of 22.23 percent during the first round of the election on April 23.

Macron's most immediate battle is likely securing a parliamentary majority in upcoming legislative elections in June.

Now Le Pen vows to go further with more changes to reach an even wider spectrum of voters, "those who choose France, defend its independence, its freedom, its prosperity, its security, its identity and its social model". I want Emmanuel Macron, his government and his majority to succeed, for France.

Ludovine de La Rochère, the movement's president, called on conservative voters not to back Macron, although she refused to endorse Le Pen.

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"Happy that the French chose a European future", European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Twitter.

On the financial front, European stock markets edged down in early trading as investors had been widely expecting Macron's victory.

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

"The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a hard time for Europe and the whole world community". Add in the record number of abstentions and spoiled votes in the election, the low turnout and the defeat of traditional parties, and there's a clear sense of alienation within French society.

Moscow has rejected accusations of interfering in the election campaign, as it has rejected similar charges out of Berlin and Washington. "(But the media says I can't talk about that)" Mrs Clinton added in an apparent reference to several attempts to derail Mr Macron's campaign by hacking its communications and distributing purportedly leaked documents.

But in his statement, Korsia also referenced concerns over the support shown to Le Pen - a nationalist who seeks a ban on wearing Jewish and Muslim religious symbols in public, ritual slaughter and the provision of pork-free meals in school cafeterias.

Macron Wins French Election