Sturgeon congratulates Macron after victory in French vote

Ravaged by a bitter campaign against defeated far right leader Marine Le Pen and without an established party behind him, Mr Macron's most immediate hurdle will be in June's legislative elections for France's Parliament.

Anti-EU Le Pen, 48, got about 10.6 million votes in the Presidential election's crucial runoff (33.94 per cent).

King Salman sent a cable of congratulations to Macron expressing his best wishes to him and the people of France.

Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia, who is employed by the Consistoire, also spoke of his satisfaction from the vote.

Defeated US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who like Macron had her campaign hacked, tweeted: "Victory for Macron, for France, the European Union, & the world".

The defection highlights the disarray in the Socialist party, whose candidate Benoit Hamon attracted just six percent of votes in the first round of the presidential election.

"When the new government takes office there will be many common themes to discuss".

A spokeswoman for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said strengthening the euro zone would be one topic that he would discuss with his new French counterpart once Macron has installed a new cabinet. He also wrote in a statement that the result was "a victory against hate and extremism" by the French people.

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said in a statement that while Macron's election is "extremely encouraging", his group is "concerned that a third of the French population voted for a unsafe political leader". In Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the far- right Freedom Party, said Le Pen deserves "respect". "Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron, new president of #France".

The economic policies of Macron, a former banker who at 39 will be the youngest president in the history of the Fifth Republic of France, differ significantly from those of the Socialist Party.

This has alienated many left-wing voters in what could explain a historically low turnout in Sunday's vote. It appears that voter turnout was the lowest in decades, barely 75 percent of the electorate (though significantly higher than the 55-percent turnout in last year's USA presidential election).

"I will be a candidate for the presidential majority and I wish to join his (Macron's) movement", Valls, who was prime minister in Hollande's administration between 2014 and 2016, told RTL radio.

  • Leroy Wright