PM Modi speaks to French President-Elect Macron

PM Modi speaks to French President-Elect Macron

PM Modi speaks to French President-Elect Macron

Ripping up France's political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream of far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

Should En Marche! not emerge as the largest single group in June's elections, France would enter a period of "cohabitation", which would require Macron to appoint a prime minister outside his party. She undoubtedly has a strong understanding of the French government and presidential powers, which unfortunately can not be said of our current president and our country.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission chief, said on Twitter: "Congratulations @EmmanuelMacron!"

President Trump spoke with "the French president-elect to congratulate him on his victory", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Ms Le Pen's father Jean-Marie, the former party leader who was expelled in 2015, said on Sunday his daughter Marine's campaign for the French presidency had been undermined by its proposals to quit the euro and the European Union.

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Theresa May, UK prime minister, also congratulated Macron.

Macron served as economy minister in a Socialist government under Valls, but left to make his successful bid for president at the head of his own start-up party. "France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new President on a wide range of shared priorities", said a Downing Street spokesperson.

She said she hoped and believed that cooperation with Macron would progress "in exactly this spirit". Such talk is premature, though, for whilst Macron may have won the battle against the far-right, the war has only just begun.

Le Pen expressed regret that the French people had voted for "continuity", but she has her sights set firmly on the future - particularly in light of gains that Le Pen dubbed a "historic result" for the National Front. "Macron will be Juncker's puppet".

Macron will also become the first President from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic's foundation in 1958.

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Then, Chirac won by more than 80%, the largest victory in a French presidential election.

"The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a hard time for Europe and the whole world community. The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilisation of entire regions", Putin said in a congratulatory message released by the Kremlin.

"In these conditions it is especially important to overcome mutual mistrust and unite efforts to ensure worldwide stability and security", Putin told Macron.

Though Trump never endorsed Le Pen, in an interview to an American news agency he did say that he thought the attack would "probably help" her.

Adding to the tensions, alleged cyberattacks on Macron's campaign were linked to Russia and his supporters accused Russian state media of trying to smear the candidate.

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