World Leaders Congratulate Macron on French Election Win


Macron, a center-left candidate defeated Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate whose campaign focused on issues of immigration and nationalism, not unlike Trump.

Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist who stormed to victory in the French presidential election on Sunday, came from being nearly unknown, never having held elected political office, to an astonishing victory. "(But the media says I can't talk about that)", Clinton said on Twitter Sunday.

Final results from the interior ministry out on Monday showed Macron - who will be France's youngest ever president - won 66.1 percent of the vote against 33.9 percent for Le Pen. He said that one of the greatest threats facing Israel and France "is radical Islamic terror which has struck Paris, Jerusalem and so many other cities around the world", adding he was sure the two countries "will continue to deepen our relations". "Now we can hope for a rebound in the parliamentary election".

The president of European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, said in a statement: "We remain extremely concerned by the still large support for parties of the far right, not only in France but across Europe".

As well as deciding on the crucial figure of his first prime minister - which will send a powerful signal about his intentions - Macron has also had to grapple this week with the case of a problematic former colleague.

Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well.

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Benjamin Boss, a 26-year-old bank worker, on Monday contrasted Macron's win with Britain's vote last year to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as USA president.

Le Pen, 48, conceded the election not long after polls closed in France, saying voters had chosen "continuity", denying Macron his outsider status and linking him to the departing Socialists.

The party of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron is unveiling an eclectic choice of candidates for next month's legislative elections.

Even the so-called "Republican Front" - a bipartisan movement that crushed the second-round chances of Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie, in the 2002 election - proved much weaker this time around.

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And then he will have to govern and do what his predecessor failed to do - revive the stagnating economy, reduce the high level of unemployment, and win the fight against terrorism. The National Front retains its strong association with the anti-Semitism of the collaborationist Vichy regime of World War II; Le Pen's anti-Islam, anti-EU positions were widely read as updated versions of dark and shameful themes. "We may also have to change the name of the party".