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5 things to know about French president-elect Emmanuel Macron

5 things to know about French president-elect Emmanuel Macron

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Emmanuel Macron for winning the French presidential election, urging him to end "mutual distrust".

"I wish him success in the face of great challenges", she said.

Some hailed Macron's defeat of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen as "3-0" after moderate politicians also beat extremists in Austria and the Netherlands in recent elections.

Mr Macron's campaign members Christophe Castaner and Benjamin Griveaux said Mr Valls is welcome but would have to go through the regular application process.

"We have been designated the leading opposition force in this second round, that shows a re-composition of political life", she said. The EU nations expressed relief that France had proven not to be the next domino to fall after Britain's Brexit vote.

A few days before the second round of the election it also became known that half of the supporters of the former presidential candidate from The Republicans' party, Francois Fillon, and 40 percent of those who voted for Jean-Luc Melenchon intend to cast their ballot for Emmanuel Macron in the upcoming presidential run-off, a poll by Odoxa revealed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described his victory as "a victory for a strong and united Europe and for French- German friendship".

"Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron, new president of #France. Let us work in France and Spain for a stable, prosperous and more integrated Europe", Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a tweet.

"This is a victory for the French people and for European cooperation".

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron laid the groundwork yesterday for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his predecessor at a solemn World War II commemoration.