Iran's Rouhani congratulates France Macron on presidential victory

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

More than three in five French Catholics voted for Emmanuel Macron in Sunday's presidential election, a poll has said.

Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union. For them, Macron's victory brought badly needed relief after last year's shock election results in Britain and the United States, widely seen as revolts against "establishment" candidates and institutions.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco was among the first leaders to congratulate Emmanuel Macron. Trump, who said last month Le Pen was "the strongest candidate on borders", added: "We look forward to working with the new President and continuing our close cooperation with the French government".

"After Brexit and Trump's victory, the Western world and Europe have been spared another political quake", said German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"I hope for France's sake that Brutus and Judas don't seek En Marche's party nomination", said Socialist MP Alexis Bachelay.

Macron appeared side-by-side with Hollande at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris to commemorate the end of World War II, where Hollande confirmed that his successor would be inaugurated on May 14.

In late March, Valls declared his support for Macron rather than for the candidate of his own Socialist Party (PS), Benoit Hamon, who ended up eliminated in the first round of the presidential election.

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Macron won an estimated 65 percent of the vote.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Macron, Geng said at a daily Press briefing.

Macron has said he was aiming for an absolute majority in the lower chamber in June's elections.

The task, though, may prove tricky for a president who had never run for a political office before and for his fledgling political movement La Republique En Marche (Republic On the Move).

Trump White House in a separate statement said: "We congratulate President-elect Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election".

"I will fight the divisions that undermine France", he added in a nod to the 11 million votes Le Pen received, a record for the far-right leader.

Here's how she responded to her loss, and what's likely to be coming up next for Le Pen.

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