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Macron defeats Le Pen in French presidential election

Macron defeats Le Pen in French presidential election

Although every recent French presidential election has been followed by the winner's party going on to take control of parliament, the outcome this time around has been made murky by Macron's lack of an established base.

Macron will also become the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic's foundation in 1958.

Ms Le Pen's projected 35 per cent score was lower than her polling numbers earlier in the campaign, and dashed her hopes that the populist wave which swept Donald Trump into the White House would also carry her to France's presidential Elysee Palace.

"The Prime Minister warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success". Macron has promised that half of those candidates would be new to elected politics, as he was before his victory on Sunday. Others from the United Kingdom who congratulated Macron included former Prime Minister Tony Blair, to whom the new French President had been compared during the campaign.

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As of press time, 99.99 percent of votes had been counted, and Macron won 66.06% of the vote, according to France's interior ministry.

However, it should be clear that Mr Macron's election is not the end of the story.

Today, he appeared alongside the man he will succeed as president, President Francois Hollande, at the commemoration of Victory in Europe day on May 8, 1945.

The polls were correct, and Macron won way in excess of the 50 percent required in the final round of an election that has left France bitterly divided. A Le Pen victory could well have spelt the end of the European Union and proven highly disruptive to what is one of India's largest trade and investment partners.

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But he is inexperienced, has no political party and must fashion a working parliamentary majority after legislative elections next month. Macron's campaign members Christophe Castaner and Benjamin Griveaux said Valls is welcome but would have to go through the regular application process.

"On an endless number of topics, [including] migration, health, the environment, and even the history of our country, the ideas disseminated by the National Front are in open contradiction with undeniable evidence established by research and with the necessary autonomy of the scientific community", the letter continued.

Leaders in Germany and Britain praised Macron's victory, but viewed it through their own electoral challenges.

"German support can't replace French policies", she said.

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The euro, which had risen Sunday night in the wake of the news of Macron's victory, edged back down 0.5 percent to $1.0943.