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France's Macron got 10m more votes than Le Pen in election

France's Macron got 10m more votes than Le Pen in election

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also released a statement congratulating Macron on his win.

"We need new tools", campaign director David Rachline said Monday on France Info radio.

The view was echoed by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said he looked forward to working with Macron while also expressing relief at the results.

Without a working majority, Macron could quickly become a lame-duck president, unable to push through labor reforms and other measures he promised to the broadly disgruntled electorate - shown by a record result for his defeated far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, and a record number of blank and spoiled ballots in Sunday's runoff vote.

After Francois Hollande formally hands power to Macron next Sunday, the new president is expected to visit Berlin again.

One mistake Macron's team says it will not make is to bet on a Merkel loss in September, as Hollande seemed to do five years ago.

Macron and Le Pen offered polar-opposite visions: Le Pen's closed borders against Macron's open ones; his commitment to free trade ran against her proposals to protect the French from global economic competition and immigration. "Brazil and France will continue to work together for democracy, human rights, development, integration and peace", tweeted President Michel Temer.

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon and London Mayor Sadiq Khan also took to social media to celebrate Macron's win.

"It is this great choice. that will be submitted to the French in legislative elections", she said in her concession speech.

Defeated US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who like Macron had her campaign hacked, tweeted: "Victory for Macron, for France, the European Union, & the world". That means many of them may be burdened by the handicap of being largely unknown to voters in constituencies they compete for.

Parisians lined the streets outside Macron's campaign headquarters to see his motorcade whisk him away to the Louvre party.

Macron knows that many voters backed him not out of conviction but simply to stop Le Pen taking power, and his support could evaporate at the parliamentary elections.

"I am delighted that a leader with a positive ambition for Europe has won this election", said Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

France's new president will be confronted with enormous human rights challenges as soon as he takes office, and responding to them should be a priority, Human Rights Watch said.

This accelerated procedure, bypassing parliament, could mean a fiery start to his term as France's highly activist unions would likely bring protests out onto the streets, as they did past year when Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls used the tactic.


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