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World leaders react to Macron's win

11 May 2017

Macron had, on Monday, resigned as the leader of En Marche! political movement, as he had to run for the President.

According to polls released today, En Marche will win between 24 and 26 per cent of votes in those elections, with the conservative Republicans party on 22 per cent and the National Front on 21-22 per cent. Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics, as he was before his victory Sunday.

Polling suggests that En Marche and another centrist party, Modem, are now the choice of a narrow plurality-26 percent-of French voters, while Le Pen's party, the National Front, comes in at 22 percent.

Macron has called for reforms to France's economy including its job market to deal with the country's high unemployment.

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But he is inexperienced - the presidential election was the first time he had stood for office - he has no political party and he faces a huge task to fashion a working parliamentary majority after legislative elections next month.

Several senior members of his Socialist Party have already announced plans to launch new movements, inspired by divisions in the party ranks and perhaps by Macron's success.

"German support can't replace French policies", she said.

"The citizens of France entrusted you to lead the country in a hard period for Europe and for the entire world community".

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"The next challenge for Macron is going to be the parliamentary elections in June, and given that there's a lack of significant support, it remains highly uncertain whether the President can build a parliamentary majority".

The centrist's emphatic victory brought comfort to investors and European allies alike, who had been nervous about the risk of another populist upheaval, following Britain's vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump's election as USA president - neither of which had been predicted by pollsters or bookmakers. Had there been only a one-round election, Le Pen could have won her presidency.

The Prime Minister, who also sent a telegram of congratulations to Macron, stressed that Europe will need stability and constructive cooperation following Brexit, with France's role in this situation being irreplaceable.

She would nearly certainly have lost more heavily had Mr Macron not been tainted by association with president Hollande's failures, or if the centre-right had fielded a candidate who was untouched by scandal. She earned more than 10.5 million votes on Sunday, roughly double the number of votes her father won running for the same party in 2002. Le Pen's campaign advisers say the National Front is now the "primary opposition party in the country". He said Macron's victory will guarantee that Le Pen will win in the next election in 2022.

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But for now at least, the president-elect can rest assured that his victory over Ms Le Pen - however qualified - was emphatic.

World leaders react to Macron's win