Trump congratulates Macron in post-election call: White House

Mr Macron, who will be inaugurated on Sunday, polled 66% of the vote as he overwhelmingly defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the race for the Elysee Palace. After that, he threw his support to Macron before the presidential election.

The man compiling the candidate list of the Republic on the Move party told Reuters the announcement would probably fall a hundred or so short of the 577 names needed to fight every seat in France's National Assembly.

The little-known Mr. Macron stepped into the breach as a centrist. His presidency offers a rare chance to revive the French-German relationship just when Europe needs it most.

Whether he gets it will depend on the results of France's parliamentary elections June 11 and 18, Nature noted.

Macron could also be bad news for London's bid to keep hold of its treasured euro clearing market, having previously indicated he had his eye on the business. If they win a majority of those seats, Macron's job becomes much easier; he selects his own prime minister and works with his party to pass legislation.

According to an Ipsos analysis that mixed polling data and actual results, Macron polled 79 percent of the vote among those who say they are "easily coping" with their level of household income, while Le Pen won 69 percent of votes from people who found living on their income "very hard".

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron.

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Canikli said Turkey would take the diplomatic initiative to convince Washington "to do what friendship requires". ISIS fighters are still holding the dam, but the US has seen no signs that they intend to blow it, Dorrian said.

The wind of change has blown through French politics with the election of outsider Emmanuel Macron as president. France remains in a state of emergency courtesy of terrorism, the economy is stagnant and the battle now is between the Macron "globalists" and the Le Pen "patriots".

Appearing alongside outgoing leader Francois Hollande in front of the Arc De Triomphe, the 39-year-old laid a wreath and spoke to veterans at a ceremony marking the end of World War II in Europe. The far-right, anti-euro Marine Le Pen, who sought to take France out of the European Union, had 34 per cent. "The Front National is a tool that will evolve to be more efficient, bring even more people together after the number of voters we reached last night". French officials said 4 million people submitted blank votes.

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

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi also on Monday congratulated the French government and people on Macron's election success.

May has called an early election for June 8, arguing that her Conservatives need a bigger majority in order to stand firm against - and strike deals with - the EU.

Before the phone call, Downing Street had already issued a triumphant statement as the exit polls forecast Macron's win.

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