After presidency, Parliament: Macron faces new battle

Berlin: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday congratulated Macron on his "spectacular" election success, pledging to help France tackle unemployment and to work together with him to promote European stability.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Emmanuel Macron last evening, congratulating him on his victory in French Presidential election.

Morocco's King Mohammed VI in a congratulatory message to Macron, said partnership between Morocco and France, under the presidency of Macron, "will gain in depth and intensity".

Freshly elected to the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron now faces an equally hard Act II: securing the parliamentary majority he needs to make good on his campaign promises to lift France out of economic gloom.

If another party wins a majority, Mr Macron could be pressured to choose a prime minister from that party, a situation the French call "cohabitation".

Macron's victory is a relief for Germany, the main defender of the European Union against rising anti-establishment sentiment on the right and left of the political spectrum. That means many of them may be burdened by the handicap of being largely unknown to voters in constituencies they compete for.

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Macron will name his prime minister next week, but could be forced to amend his choice if the legislative elections don't go to plan.

"If Macron fails, then the next president will be Marine Le Pen and we need to prevent this at all costs", he added.

The vote was the best electoral result ever obtained by her National Front party, which was established in the 1970s by her father, the Holocaust denier Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has multiple convictions for inciting racial hatred against Jews.

Macron's newly renamed "Republique en Marche" (the Republic on the Move) movement reacted warily to the announcement.

Many also took the Macron victory as a repudiation of a common adversary: Russian President Vladimir Putin, a leader derided across the political spectrum in the US Congress because of the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the American political process.

The French Interior Ministry said with 93 per cent of the votes counted, Macron had about 19.3 million votes, while Ms Le Pen secured about 10.4 million.

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