French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday, defeating the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

The campaign took a further twist when an information hack led to the release of a trove of documents related to the Macron campaign, which said some of the released documents were fraudulent.

Her father and co-founder of FN Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round in 2002, but lost to Jacques Chirac by a big margin of 17.8 to 82.2 percent.

"But new French President Macron won't bring this any closer to reality", he added.

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates on the stage at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris, France. "The Prime Minister said that she looked forward to working with the new president on a range of shared issues, with the United Kingdom and France's unique partnership providing a strong foundation for future cooperation".

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Macron "on his big win", saying on Twitter he looks "very much forward to working with him".

Marechal-Le Pen, who was pushing for a harder party line than her aunt on immigration and national identity, isn't closing the door on a return to politics.

"He carries the hopes of millions of French people, and of many people in Germany and the whole of Europe", German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference in Berlin.

Macron urged the French to work with Germany to relaunch the European Union. There are a number of Labour figures wondering whether the success of Macron's new movement shows that they should quit Labour after this election, especially if the hard left retain control.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hailed via social media Macron's "decisive victory over the hard right".

This presidential election will also be remembered for the highest abstention rate since 1969 although it has significantly soared over recent years.

Macron, during the last phase of the campaign, also warned that unless the European Union changed, angry and disillusioned voters would try to drag France out of the bloc.

But the French voters decisively stopped the ascent of Le Pen and her Front National, just as earlier this year Austrian and the Dutch voters did not equip right-wing populist candidates and their parties with majorities.

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