Macron elected French president: estimates

Macron elected French president: estimates

"We congratulate President-elect Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election", said Spicer. He'll be replaced by Catherine Barbaron.

So far the names of only 14 candidates are known, but on Thursday afternoon "around 450" will be revealed, Jean-Paul Delevoye of Republic on the Move said.

Emmanuel Macron received a strong endorsement from French voters in Sunday's second round election, winning around 66 percent of the vote.

There is scepticism however about Macron's ability to win a majority with En Marche candidates, meaning he might have to form a coalition.

Ferrand says the party plans to compete in all 577 parliamentary seats. "You will win next time - and so will I!"

After a series of incredibly unsafe failures of democracy, France elected a new president who scored a landslide victory over a xenophobic far-right nationalist who was compared to Donald Trump.

Pointing to Mr Macron's education at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, a school from which most former presidents - such as outgoing president Francois Hollande and Jacques Chirac - had graduated, Mr Lassauce commented that Mr Macron's "DNA is nothing different from any other classic politicians in France".

Polls released shortly after Mr Macron's victory suggested he and his allies in the centrist Modem party would come out top in the first round on 11 June, with 24%-26% of the vote.

Macron elected French president: estimates
Macron elected French president: estimates

But Le Pen's 34 percent - a high in any national election for her far-right National Front - confirms her party as a formidable force, its French-first nationalism increasingly accepted by a growing swath of electors despite its history of anti-Semitism and racism.

But a low turnout and a record number of spoiled or blank votes showed disillusionment among many, particularly on the far left, at the choice they were given.

European Council President Donald Tusk congratulated the French people "for choosing Liberty, Equality and Fraternity over tyranny of fake news".

Macron will need a strong En Marche! presence in the French parliament to push his legislative agenda through as the country battles high unemployment, a stagnant economy and relentless security problems. "The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism goes hand in hand with the escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of entire regions", Putin's message reads.

Russia also denied interfering in last year's USA election campaign after US intelligence agencies accused Russian President Vladimir Putin in January of ordering an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Nathalie Tocci, director of the Institute for International Affairs in Rome, said Macron's victory may help the European Union avoid a cataclysm.

"I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that are undermining us", he said.

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