Trump praises Macron for 'big win' in France's election

"If Mr Macron should stumble, it is altogether unclear what solution might keep Ms Le Pen at bay in 2022", the influential paper wrote. "France is one of our closest allies, and we look forward to working with the new president on a wide range of shared priorities", British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement. At a victory party late on Sunday night, he walked out to the European anthem "Ode to Joy", rather than its French equivalent "La Marseillaise".

While markets were relieved by the results of Sunday's election, Macron's victory had already been priced in by investors ahead of the vote after polls gave him a 20 point lead, meaning there were only moderate further gains for the euro.

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron is laying the groundwork for his transition to power, with plans for a visit to Germany, a name change for his political movement and an appearance Monday with the man whose job he assumes.

He acknowledged divisions in society which drove people to "vote to the extreme", and said he will work for all of France.

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In a sign of how high tensions ran on voting day, the courtyard of the Louvre was briefly evacuated earlier on May 7 after a suspect bag was found. The crowd booed loudly upon hearing Le Pen's name, but Macron stopped them.

He added that France must also work to fix the economy and ensure security against extremist threats.

European leaders hailed the victory of Macron as a vote for European unity and a blow to political forces that had sought to build on last year's Brexit vote to tear apart the European Union.

While differing on nearly every domestic policy, the two candidates also had very divergent views on foreign policy.

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The business daily Vedomosti said on its website that France had chosen the candidate that most represented the principles of The Fifth Republic: "of an elite qualified to engage in European integration". (Forward!) political party has accused Russia of meddling in his election campaign with cyberattacks and refused to accredit Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik, accusing them of issuing fake news stories.

On May 5, Macron's campaign said it had been the victim of a "massive" computer hack that dumped its campaign emails.

His immediate challenge will be to secure a majority in next month's parliamentary election for a political movement that is barely a year old, rebranded as La Republique En Marche ("Onward the Republic"), in order to implement his program.

Macron, by contrast, embraced globalization, winning an unusually high-profile endorsement last week from former President Barack Obama.

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