What now for President-elect Macron?
- Author: Leroy Wright May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 1:42
In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Macron's election makes it even more important for British voters to back her Conservatives and strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit talks.
French voters elected as president Emmanuel Macron, whose platform espouses a stronger European Union and a tough line in negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc.
Her tally was nearly double the score that her father Jean-Marie, the last far-right candidate to make the presidential runoff, achieved in 2002, when he was trounced by the conservative Jacques Chirac. If another party wins a majority, Macron could be pressured to choose a prime minister from that party.
The euro pulled away from earlier highs this morning as investors took profits from its gains after centrist Emmanuel Macron's victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election.
The big question now is what kind of government Macron will be able to form and whether he will be able to steer through to parliamentary elections in a way that will enable him to build the support he needs to effect the policy changes he has promised and justify the confidence and the hope he has inspired.
President Kiska is looking forward to cooperating with Marcon and deepening what he described as "traditionally excellent and intense" relations between Slovakia and France.
Macron pledged to do all he could in his five-year term to bring France together.
The French National Assembly elections are next month and his political party which he founded only a year ago is expected to do well, well enough to confirm the President's power is the question.
He wants to ease rigid labour laws he believes fuel high unemployment, cut state spending, improve education in deprived areas and increase welfare protection to the self-employed.
Le Pen responded to defeat by vowing she would lead her anti-immigration National Front (FN) strongly into the legislative elections.
His election also represents a long-awaited generational change in French politics that have been dominated by the same faces for years.
In another sign of discontent with the two candidates, a record number of four million voters cast blank or spoiled ballots.
While Macron did promise to combat worldwide terrorism and climate change in his first public remarks as president-elect, his first big challenge lies at home.
"But the firm support for Marine Le Pen, and other anti-EU parties, in Europe show that not everyone is happy with the European Union". He is a neo-liberalist who defeated the far right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of voting. She divorced her husband in 2006 and married Macron the following year.