I'll defend country, says new French President Macron

I'll defend country, says new French President Macron

"They have rejected the kind of divisive campaigning, assisted by fake news and Russian hacks, that propelled Donald Trump into office in our count", said House Democratic Whip Steny H Hoyer.

"I will be at the head of this combat", she said.

Emmanuel Macron's ascent to the French presidency caps a stunning rise for the political newcomer but he now faces another battle to form a parliamentary majority, with his rivals already plotting revenge in June's general election.

"We will build even stronger ties between our two great nations".

Initial estimates showed Macron winning between 65.5 percent and 66.1 percent of ballots ahead of Le Pen on between 33.9 percent and 34.5 percent.

One of Europe's top rabbis welcomes pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election, saying voters sent a "very powerful" message to the country's far-right.

In early returns, Macron had won an estimated 65 percent of the vote to Le Pen's almost 35 percent, according to the French Interior Ministry.

She also said she had wished Mr Macron success in tackling the "huge challenges" facing him. Unlike in the United States, the spouses of French leaders have traditionally held more negligible roles in public affairs.

Continuing her efforts to talk in opposition seats, May addressed an audience in Harrow West, where Labour MP Gareth Thomas secured a majority of 2,208 in 2015.

When Emmanuel Macron topped the first round of voting in the French presidential election two weeks ago, French stocks soared to near-decade highs. Macron had served as economy minister in the outgoing, deeply unpopular government of President Francois Hollande.

Macron, 39, is an avowed internationalist who speaks fluent English and envisions a France deeply integrated with Europe and open to the world.

Plaudits also came from Europe, where Ms. Le Pen's mounting popularity over the past few months has been viewed with alarm.

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

"Happy that the French chose a European future", he wrote.

Now she wants a wider spectrum of voters, "those who choose France, defend its independence, its freedom, its prosperity, its security, its identity and its social model".

The news agency, AFP, reported that prosecutors had launched an investigation. 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.

Losing candidate Marine Le Pen thanked the estimated 11 million people who had voted for her in her speech to supporters.

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