France's Hollande greets Macron in first meeting since victory

British Prime Minister Theresa May

Emmanuel Macron, a former investment banker and former Economy Minister in the Socialist government in 2014-2016, gave his victory speech shortly after the announcement of first results from Sunday's second round of the French presidential elections, and after his rival Le Pen had given a concession speech of sorts.

A British spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that May "warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success".

The Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, in his comment said: "I look forward to working with President-elect Macron to confront the common challenges and seize the common opportunities facing our two democracies".

Another senior National Front senior official had said that if Macron wins, "France will have a submissive, by default president, not one that was really chosen".

The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, also congratulated president-elect Macron in a letter he posted on Twitter.

Macron, who had never run for office before, celebrated with thousands of jubilant, flag-waving supporters outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday night.

The far-right National Front party is also gearing up for a name change, if not a makeover of its ideas, after Ms Le Pen's decisive loss.

On Friday, hackers dumped a trove of emails from Macron's campaign on the internet in an apparent attempt to damage his candidacy just ahead of today's vote.

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In the final vote results from the interior ministry, Macron won 66.1 per cent of the vote against 33.9 per cent for Le Pen.

Hollande, who launched Macron's political career by appointing him as an advisor before appointing him to the cabinet, greeted him warmly before they laid a wreath together under the Arc de Triomphe.

"I look very much forward to working with him!" He made it clear that was why he promised to be "implacable and entirely resolved" in defending their security.

An Ipsos poll found that about 39 per cent of French voters want Ms Le Pen to win a majority in Parliament.

The news agency, AFP, reported that prosecutors had launched an investigation.

The next task for Macron and his La Republique En Marche ("Onward the Republic") political movement, that is barely a year old, will be to secure a majority in next month's parliamentary elections in order to implement his programme. A poll of almost 7,000 voters on Sunday by Harris Interactive found that 59% of Macron's voters had chosen him primarily to stop Le Pen becoming president.

Mr Hollande announced that the inauguration of his successor will take place on Sunday.

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