Macron French president-elect's 'revolution' faces first test

Donald Trump was among those to congratulate Macron with an unusually straight tweet reading'Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him

Reflecting on Macron's victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential runoff on Sunday, Valls said it was a blow to populism in Europe that gave a "terrific" image of France overseas. Macron, 39, founded his centrist En Marche (On The Move) movement of mostly political neophytes just a year ago on a promise to inject new blood into France's discredited political class. We've got some. But we don't really hear much from them or about them.

After a resounding victory in Sunday's runoff, Emmanuel Macron will be sworn in as France's next President at the Elysee palace on May 14, outgoing President Francois Hollande said.

PARIS Emmanuel Macron may have won Sunday's presidential election by a comfortable margin, but even his supporters' enthusiasm is tempered by the scale of the challenge that the inexperienced politician faces in tackling France's deep-seated economic, social and security problems.

Polls released shortly after Mr Macron's victory suggested he and his allies in the centrist Modem party would come out top in the first round on 11 June, with 24%-26% of the vote. Le Pen had called for France to leave the 28-nation European Union and drop the shared euro currency in favor of reinstating the French franc.

It also is assumed that Macron will take a strongly pro-EU line in the Brexit negotiations, though there again it isn't until late this year or 2018 that the significant decisions will be made on the terms of the Britain-EU divorce, as well as what follows. "I'm not living with regrets".

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Emmanuel Macron inherits one of the most powerful positions in Europe, and all the symbolism that comes with it.

The National Assembly in France has full powers to pass laws and approve the prime minister, and France's two main parties, which for the first time ever were both absent from the second round of the presidential election, are seeking to use the vote to bounce back.

Ms Le Pen has also signalled there will be a change to her National Front party.

Denmark and now France is in contrast to the mindboggling return of regressive, racist and insular politics in the United States, and also in contrast to the Brexit experience, both of which were imitated by Le Pen.

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