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Macron win sends 'powerful message' to far-right, top Europe rabbi says

20 May 2017

Voters delivered a resounding victory for the pro-European former investment banker, strengthening France's place as a central pillar of the European Union, and he immediately vowed to "defend France and Europe". The country's opposition parties meanwhile were more reticent. Le Pen has different positioning to her father, winning on Sunday about double his share of the vote in 2002, appealing not just to the far right but also some centre-right voters - and a slice of the left, that she presents herself as an anti-globalisation champion, including opposition to worldwide trade.

Ms. Merkel's spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, said the Chancellor is looking forward to working with the new president in the spirit of the traditionally close Franco-German friendship.

Mr. Macron now faces the challenge of winning a parliamentary majority for his year-old En Marche! movement. (On the Move) party less than a year ago but managed to attract hundreds of thousands of supporters. But it will be contesting its first ever election.

He has vowed to work in order to guarantee that those voters who picked far-right candidate Le Pen would not have to vote for "extremes" again.

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EU Council President Donald Tusk also offered his congratulations, saying the French had chosen "liberty, equality and fraternity" and "said no to the tyranny of fake news".

Also silent on Macron's victory was Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo, who had not shown support for either candidate during the election campaign.

"His programme can put France back on a path of stronger growth, but he may only get a small majority in June's parliamentary elections".

U.S. Treasury yields rose, the benchmark yield at a four-week high in advance of the sale of $62 billion in bond supply at this week's quarterly refunding and following Macron's victory.

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The other half will be made up of figures from the allied centrist Modem party and defectors from the left-wing Socialists and right-wing Republicans who can keep their existing party membership and still run under the slogan "Republique En Marche".

In a congratulatory telegram, Mr Putin said he was ready to constructively work together on bilateral, regional and global issues as this was in the fundamental interests of both France and Russian Federation.

The killing of a policeman on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris just three days before the first-round vote was a sobering reminder of the terror threat hanging over France. "The National Front is a tool that will evolve to be more efficient, bring more people together considering the number of voters we reached last night".

"IS is open about its desire to smash national cohesion by exacerbating tensions between Muslims and the rest of the population", said Marc Hecker of the French Institute of International Relations.

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He also has a raft of economic reforms planned.

Macron win sends 'powerful message' to far-right, top Europe rabbi says