In a divided France, challenges await President-elect Macron

Emmanuel Macron announces visit to Germany and a name change for political movement

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron will start getting his house in order Monday after a landslide victory that handed him the reins to the world's sixth-largest economy.

Trudeau said earlier in a statement that he looks forward to working closely with Macron in the years ahead on issues that include implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

It was this latter France that voted for Macron's far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen.

Independent centrist Mr Macron took 65% of votes, according to exit polls, while Le Pen is forecast to have won just 35% of the votes.

President Francois Hollande, under whom Mr. Macron served as economy minister for two years, congratulated him more whole-heartedly.

Macron becomes not only France's youngest-ever president but also one of its most unlikely.

As president, Macron said he would "guarantee the unity of the nation and. defend and protect Europe". Political observers insisted that she faced an electoral glass ceiling because they perceived her positions as too extreme to win over the majority of French voters.

Ms Le Pen said that in spite of her loss, the "historic and massive" results had transformed her party into "the leading opposition force against the new president's plans". There is something I can't figure out that didn't work.

"I will be at the head of this combat", she said.

Before the first round of the election last month, he said a deadly attack against a police officer in Paris would have a "big effect" on the vote and he praised Le Pen on immigration, calling her "the strongest on what's been going on in France".

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Macron's year-old movement - it does not even have the status of a party yet - has said it will field candidates in all 577 seats for the two-round parliamentary elections on June 11 and June 18.

Trudeau said he hopes he and Macron can work together on a "progressive agenda" to promote worldwide security, increase collaboration in science and technology, and create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Will the Macron-Le Pen divide - which is a national, existential identity divide, not the usual left-right split - continue into the legislative election?"

Macron's victory is a relief for pro-Europeans who began the year facing the prospect of nationalists taking power or becoming a majority in France, Italy and the Netherlands and a new US President vocal in his support for Brexit.

The 39-year-old must unite a deeply-divided country, roll back unemployment and try to nudge a fractious European Union along the path of reform - but he first faces a battle to secure a governing majority in legislative elections due next month.

"Here is a selection of comments from world leaders and other political heavyweights on Macron's election victory".

President-elect Macron had floated the idea of introducing a dose of proportional representation that favours smaller parties or those locked out.

Le Pen stood on an anti-EU platform, calling for a Frexit referendum and a return to the franc.

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".

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