I'll defend country, says new French President Macron


Macron has also said he wants to reinforce the EU's external borders and has called for a major increase in resources for the Frontex agency.

Leave.EU, backed by Nigel Farage and Ukip-donor, Aaron Banks, was particularly upset at the result.

As the Western world turns increasingly to the far right, Macron is unabashedly centrist in his outlook, appealing to French citizens who are familiar with the chaotic aftermath of the election of Trump in the United States and Brexit in the UK.

But Macron's mandate may be more muted than the numbers suggest.

"Knowing all of this the new French President may well find that winning was the easy bit", said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.

"The citizens of France have entrusted you the leadership of the country at a hard time for Europe and for the entire worldwide community", Mr Putin said, adding that the growing threat of terrorism and the destabilization of entire regions, it was "particularly important to overcome mutual distrust and unite efforts to ensure global stability and security".

Theresa May was among European leaders to congratulate Mr Macron on his victory.

Parisians lined the streets outside Macron's campaign headquarters to see his motorcade whisk him away to the Louvre party. Now he has to deliver on his words.

Before the first round of the election last month, he said a deadly attack against a police officer in Paris would have a "big effect" on the vote and he praised Le Pen on immigration, calling her "the strongest on what's been going on in France". It was not so much that Hollande was a Socialist and Merkel a Christian Democrat - after all, Francois Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl had a political bromance for the ages.

"They have struck a blow for inclusive, tolerant democracy against the tide of extremism and xenophobia."Senator Ben Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded the French people's rejection of isolationism and embrace of a Europe - "whole, free, and at peace". "That is a tough chore for Macron".

Macron won a projected 65% of the votes, reports the Press Association.

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According to official results with more than 80 percent of votes counted, the abstention rate stood at 24.52 percent - the highest since the presidential election in 1969.

The win for the 39-year-old, pro-Europe Mr Macron ended the dominance of France's mainstream parties, but the result was also a warning, with Ms Le Pen's National Front winning 35 per cent of the vote - nearly double what her father Jean-Marie secured in 2002, a result which rocked France at the time, triggering a "Republican front" to counter his rise.

He acknowledged divisions in society which drove people to "vote to the extreme", and said he will work for all of France. The former prime minister's move was harshly criticized by the PS.

European stocks and the euro pulled back on Monday from highs touched after Emmanuel Macron's emphatic but well-flagged victory in France's presidential election as investors' focus shifted from politics to monetary policy.

The Prime Minister added that he is looking forward to working with Macron to further deepen the cooperation between India and France. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni tweeted.

"Hurrah Macron President! There is hope for Europe!".

After his victory, Macron's supporters gathered at the Louvre, where he strode onto the stage to the European anthem Ode To Joy.

He has never been elected to public office before.

She campaigned passionately on the need to restore French sovereignty and wanted to pull the country out of the European Union and the euro.

Unknown to voters before his turbulent 2014-16 tenure as France's pro-business economy minister, Macron took a giant gamble by quitting Socialist President François Hollande's government to run as an independent.

"Happy that the French chose a European future", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote on Twitter.