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France's Macron got 10m more votes than Le Pen in election

09 May 2017

Some are also openly questioning Philippot's strategy of trying to broaden the party's appeal by seeking support not only from the nationalist right but also the anti-capitalist left, as well as its policy of withdrawing France from the euro and possibly the European Union, which polls have shown to be unpopular with voters. "Everyone said it was impossible".

Le Pen hailed her score of 10.6 million votes, 33.9 per cent of the total and the highest ever recorded by the party, as "massive and historic" on Sunday night.

US President Donald Trump also congratulated Macron, writing on Twitter: "Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France".

"I think it can be one of the means to be even more unifying and to live up to what the French are waiting for", he said.

The defeat in Sunday's French presidential election of Marine Le Pen, the unsinkable stalwart of the xenophobic right, offers great comfort to those, like us, who have anxious in the wake of the victories a year ago of Trumpists and Brexiteers that Western powers, one after another, would head lemming-like off a cliff. Addressing a rally outside the Louvre museum later, he said: "I will do everything in the next five years so that they have no more reason to vote for extremes". "I respect them", he declared, unsmiling. "It is my responsibility to hear these". He added that he would also vote for Macron's party in the parliamentary election, "so that he can govern".

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron.

One Macron aide told Reuters that a serious discussion with Germany would also be needed on boosting investment spending, reforming its services sector, changing European Union fiscal rules and addressing its large current account surplus.

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Macron did not campaign alone: His wife was never far away. His wife, Brigitte, joined him on stage after his address. This may not go over very well, given that, in the second round, nearly 60% of French people voted for Le Pen or didn't vote at all-and the latter we presumably not casting a silent vote of support for Macron and the invisible hand. But a high number of blank or spoiled votes and unusually low turnout are signs of an electorate dissatisfied with its choices. Overnight Sunday, police arrested 141 people in eastern Paris in clashes with masked protesters.

Congratulatory messages poured in from overseas.

The result is remarkable considering Macron, a centrist independent, campaigned without a traditional party and with no experience of governing. Until now, modern France had been governed either by the Socialists or the conservatives, but both of their candidates were eliminated before the runoff.

It was the first time the men had appeared in public together since Macron resigned in August 2016 as Hollande's economy minister to run for president - a decision that was received coldly by the French leader at the time.

Macron's optimistically named "En Marche!".

"The results came in as expected and the market had already factored that in", said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

"I'm so happy, it feels so good!"

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Ms Le Pen has also signalled there will be a change to her National Front party.

In order to implement his pro-science policies, Macron will need parliamentary support. "Let us work in France and Spain for a stable, prosperous and more integrated Europe", Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a tweet. "The citizens of France entrusted you to lead the country in a hard period for Europe and for the entire world community".

Her National Front party is a tainted brand. (On the Move), a political movement he says is neither of the left nor the right and which has attracted 250,000 members.

Macron also got lucky in the campaign. Exactly who he chooses as prime minister will depend a bit on the composition of the new national assembly. Fillon is facing charges in the case. Hollande himself decided not to run again.

But the vote also showed that France's 67 million people are deeply divided, riven by anxieties about terrorism and chronic unemployment, anxious about the cultural and economic impact of immigration and fearful of France's ability to compete against giants like China and Google.

Professor James Shields, of Aston University, said the France's "anglophile" president-elect was clear on his stance with regards to Brexit after he previously called it a "crime".

France has been in a state of emergency since then and 50,000 security forces were out to safeguarded Sunday's vote.

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