French presidential election: Challenges are just beginning for Emmanuel Macron

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Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to Mr Macron for the "big win" and said he looked forward to working with him.

India's relations with France transcend political parties and we would therefore wish Macron well and find all opportunities to strengthen ties with his government.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: "France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new president".

In his words France, by electing Macron as president, has showed Slovakia a way "to stop people in politics, who only criticise and offer only conflict and egotistic solutions", Zuzana Čižmáriková, the head of the communication department at parliament informed TASR.

In a pointed endorsement of European unity, Macron strode to the stage at his raucous victory party in the grand central courtyard of Paris's Louvre Museum on Sunday night to the strains of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" theme, the European Union's anthem. It was this latter France that voted for Macron's far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen.

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"The French have chosen a new president of the republic, and have voted for continuity", she told a rally of voters in eastern Paris.

Once Emmanuel Macron won the first round on April 23 it was clear that he would be the next French president.

The official tally published by the interior ministry showed that Mr Macron collected 20.8 million votes, or 66.1%, while Ms Le Pen garnered 10.6 million votes, or 33.9%.

The president walked beside the 39-year-old Macron to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the monument, where they laid a wreath.

"Thank you Marine Le Pen, those who fight never lose", was his only comment on the French elections.

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Ms Le Pen said she would call for a new political force to challenge the legislative elections.

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron has appeared by the side of the man he is succeeding as the country commemorates the end of the Second World War. The ceremony marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Le Pen's brand of nationalist populism.

The final hours of campaigning on Friday night saw a huge leak of emails and documents from the Mr. Macron campaign, which denounced a "massive and coordinated" hacking attack.

Mr Hollande announced that the inauguration of his successor will take place on Sunday.

The so-called Penelope- gate affair, which involved alleged fictitious employment associated with Republican right-wing candidate Francois Fillon, they say, played into his hands, and Macron did not hesitate to use it in statements on TV and elsewhere, condemning politicians who employ their relatives.

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