What world leaders say about Macron's victory

Marine Le Pen claims victory in defeat and says Front National now main opposition force in France

EU Council President Donald Tusk also offered his congratulations, saying the French had chosen "liberty, equality and fraternity" and "said no to the tyranny of fake news".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters in Washington on May 8 that Trump called Macron earlier in the day to congratulate the French president-elect. Macron has stepped down as head of the movement now that he's president-elect to be replaced by Catherine Barbaroux, who has a management background in both business and government ministries.

The task, though, may prove tricky for a president who had never run for a political office before and for his fledgling political movement La Republique En Marche (Republic On the Move).

Macron won 66% of the vote in Sunday's presidential run-off against the far right's Marine Le Pen, the biggest win by a French president since Jacques Chirac's victory over Le Pen's father Jean-Marie in 2002.

Unknown three years ago, Macron is now poised to become one of Europe's most powerful leaders, bringing with him a hugely ambitious agenda of political and economic reform for France and the European Union. Ferrand also said the names of Macron's 577 candidates in the legislative elections would be announced this Thursday.

The nomination process is a careful balancing act for Macron and represents major risks for his presidency, which will begin formally on Sunday when he takes over from outgoing Socialist Francois Hollande.

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Le Pen's decisive defeat, with an estimated 35 per cent votes, has put Trump in a slightly tricky spot after he had indicated support for her ahead of the first round of the polls. "The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism goes hand in hand with the escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of entire regions", Putin's message reads.

His right-wing rival Marine Le Pen secured only 33.9 percent of the votes.

Some leading centrist Republicans appear ready to override the party hierarchy and work closely with Macron - one of them being former conservative Prime Minister Alain Juppe. "In these circumstances, it is especially important to overcome mutual distrust and unite efforts to ensure global stability and security", he said.

Macron had campaigned on a pro-EU platform, in stark contrast to Le Pen, who vowed to pull France out of the union in a referendum, as Britain voted to do past year.

"I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that are undermining us", he said.

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