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Macron's march forward depends on next months election

20 Mai 2017

"This is a breath for France and Europe", tweeted Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after it was clear that Macron had routed far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

European stocks and the euro pulled back on Monday from highs touched after Emmanuel Macron's emphatic but well-flagged victory in France's presidential election as investors' focus shifted from politics to monetary policy. "We look forward to working with the new president and continuing our close cooperation with the French government", Spicer said according to the statement.

Le Pen's loss to centrist Emmanuel Macron still gave her a historic number of votes, reflecting the changing image of her once-pariah National Front party from fringe force to a political heavyweight.

Within minutes of Sunday's results, a defeated Le Pen sounded the charge for her next battle against the "globalist" Macron.

Cohabitation has the potential to lead to a weak presidency and frustrating Macron's reform efforts, which could undermine his popularity and stoke support for politicians with a more populist bent.

The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, also congratulated president-elect Macron in a letter he posted on Twitter.

At 39, the pro-EU former investment banker will become France's youngest-ever President.

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As of this morning, 99% of votes have been counted, with the French Interior Ministry having Macron on 66% and Le Pen on 34% - an ode to French polling if nothing else. In his response, Macron outlined some of his policies with respect to human rights.

EU Council President Donald Tusk also offered his congratulations, saying the French had chosen "liberty, equality and fraternity" and "said no to the tyranny of fake news".

Le Pen spent most of the evening on the attack, but provided few detailed solutions to France's myriad problems, which include a 23-percent youth unemployment rate and a spate of horrifying, terrorist attacks in recent two years. "I want this page to be one of hope and trust", he added.

When a triumphant Emmanuel Macron, France's new president-elect, took the stage Sunday, he entered to the sound of music - but not to France's national anthem, "La Marseillaise".

"His broad victory confirms that a very large majority of our fellow-citizens wanted to rally around the values of the Republic and express their attachment to the European Union and to a France that is open to the world", the outgoing head of state said.

At the least, Briois, the interim party president who is also mayor of the National Front's northern bastion, Henin-Beaumont, said the party thinks it can get enough lawmakers to form a group - 15.

Macron's march forward depends on next months election