Macron Prepares To Lead France As Challenges Loom

Macron Prepares To Lead France As Challenges Loom

Macron Prepares To Lead France As Challenges Loom

The United States president Donald Trump took to Twitter to congratulate France president-elect Emmanuel Macron: "Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump had spoken with Macron.

Trudeau said earlier in a statement that he looks forward to working closely with Macron in the years ahead on issues that include implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Similar cables of congratulations were sent by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense.

An IFOP poll for Pèlerin/La Croix found 62 per cent of Catholics voted for the independent candidate, with 71 per cent of regular Mass-goers choosing him over right-wing populist Marine Le Pen.

Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, won 66 percent of the vote in the May 7 election, beating Le Pen following a divisive runoff vote between two candidates with diametrically opposed visions for the country's future. I want Emmanuel Macron, his government and his majority to succeed, for France.

"I will fight the divisions that undermine France", he added in a nod to the 11 million votes Le Pen received, a record for the far-right leader.

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Macron's victory appears to have steadied the European ship.

Mr. Trump had previously expressed support for Ms Le Pen because she was "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France".

Though Macron's victory is considered positive for the region's economy and the euro currency, stocks had risen strongly in the previous two weeks on expectations of his win.

Whilst the French public might not have fully embraced the National Front's brand of populism, the election results still mark the party's shift from a fringe force to a political heavyweight. Add in the record number of abstentions and spoiled votes in the election, the low turnout and the defeat of traditional parties, and there's a clear sense of alienation within French society.

Here's how she responded to her loss, and what's likely to be coming up next for Le Pen.

Macron's foreign policy is expected to largely follow the course set by Hollande, a Socialist under whom Macron served as economy minister from 2014-16.

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