Macron eyes legislative elections after landslide victory in French presidential polls

French President Francois Hollande warmly greeted Emmanuel Macron on Monday in their first public meeting since the centrist's resounding election victory the day before.

Among the European and world leader who were quick to congratulate Mr Macron was US President Donald Trump, who said he looked forward to working with his new French counterpart.

Macron now finds himself the youngest president in French history after decisively winning the presidential election with 66 per cent of the vote, beating Marine Le Pen's 34 per cent.

Valls told RTL radio that France's Socialist party "is dead and behind us" and said he wants to join up with President-elect Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move.

Speaking to thousands of supporters from the Louvre Museum's courtyard, Macron said that France is facing an "immense task" to rebuild European unity, fix the economy and ensure security against extremist threats.

The notion that a new movement under Le Pen could lead to political alliances and entice new voters poses a challenge to Macron, who said during his victory speech that the anger and despair of far-right voters must be acknowledged.

"This second round has set up a great realignment of French politics around the cleavage between patriots and globalizers", Ms. Le Pen, who has slammed Mr. Macron as a proponent of "savage globalization", said.

Parisians lined the streets outside Macron's campaign headquarters to see his motorcade whisk him away to the Louvre party. There is something I can't figure out that didn't work.

In an interview with Bloomberg shortly after announcing his candidacy he said Britain should not be given special treatment.

It's nothing new. Violent protests, egg-throwing and heckling disrupted the campaigns of both the president-elect and his defeated far-right rival Marine Le Pen. "I want Emmanuel Macron to succeed". (Onwards!), barely a year ago.

This made clear that Le Pen's attempts to "de-toxify" the image of her party - whose founder, her father Jean-Marie, has multiple convictions for inciting discrimination and hatred and for minimizing the Holocaust - had met with some success, even if she fell short of her goal.

Beyond a long to-do list on domestic issues, Macron will have to deal with fractures in the wider region, including Russia's increasing hostility toward Europe.

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.

"Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron, new president of #France".

Le Pen offered a radically different vision, proposing to pull France out of the euro, hold a referendum on European Union membership, and impose protectionist trade policies to shield French workers from what she called "savage globalization". Certainly, Macron's victory Sunday generated a sigh of relief in France and elsewhere in Europe, but, for many, it is just a temporary setback to the rising power of the far-right across the continent. Le Pen's proposals included holding a referendum on European Union and euro membership - and experts agree the euro wouldn't have survived the departure of its founding member and second-biggest economy.

  • Zachary Reyes