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More than 100 arrested in Paris after Macron win

More than 100 arrested in Paris after Macron win

Emmanuel Macron is the next president of France, defeating his far right rival Marine Le Pen by a comfortable 65.1% to 34.9% (according to a usually reliable vote estimate by pollsters Ispos/Sopra Steria for French state TV and radio and Le Monde).

Chinese President Xi Jinping had sent a congratulatory message to Macron, Geng said at a daily press briefing.

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron smiles as he arrives to deliver a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in the capital, Paris, on May 7, 2017, after the second round of the French presidential election. Investors took profit on a roughly 3 percent gain for the currency since he won the first round two on April 23.

Macron's most immediate battle is likely securing a parliamentary majority in upcoming legislative elections in June.

In late March, Valls declared his support for Macron rather than for the candidate of his own Socialist Party (PS), Benoit Hamon, who ended up eliminated in the first round of the presidential election. Macron has proposed reforms to France's labor market, lower taxes and spending as well as a 50 billion-euro ($55 billion) investment plan.

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron.

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that millions of Europeans were counting on the success of incoming French president Emmanuel Macron.

"The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a hard time for Europe and the whole world community".

With the two mainstream parties - the conservative Republicans and the left-wing Socialists - both failing to reach the presidential runoff vote, his chances of winning a majority that supports his election pledges will depend on him widening his centrist base.

Macron's 577 candidates in the elections are expected to be announced Thursday.

On May 5, Macron's campaign said it had been the victim of a "massive" computer hack that dumped its campaign emails.It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the hack.

It's also a further dent to the populist tide that many blame for Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as USA president.

Marine Le Pen had vowed to scrap same-sex marriage if elected, although she remained strongly pro-abortion.

In 2014, Macron became minister of economy, industry and digital data under President Francois Hollande.


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