World leaders congratulate Macron amid renewed pro-EU hopes

Macron's 577 candidates in the elections are expected to be announced Thursday.

In 2007, he married his former La Providence drama and literature teacher, Brigitte Trogneux, who was 24 years older and had three children from a previous marriage. Monday to concentrate on his new job.

Ms Goulard, an influential centrist French MEP tipped for a leading role in the Macron Cabinet, warned that there would be no cherry-picking but that the new Macron government will come to the talks "in a constructive spirit". Socialist leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis attempted to prevent a wave of defections to Macron's camp, warning Valls he could not remain a party member and run for parliament on Macron's ticket. Unknown two years ago and never elected to public office before, the founder of the independent movement En Marche! Transforming an outfit so young into a political force will be no easy task.

Macron, who will be inaugurated on Sunday, takes over from his former mentor, the deeply unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande, who decided against seeking a second term. The movement of the far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon also hopes to do well.

"Now we have a person who really wants progress, so it's absolutely exceptional", he said. French citizens at the University reacted with relief to his victory. A self-styled establishment outsider with no experience in German federal politics, he has slumped in the polls after two underwhelming results in the federal states (Länder) of Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein.

"However, considering more recent elections, we knew that nothing is won until the last minute", Gauthier said, referring to the Brexit vote and the election of President Donald Trump.

With 99 percent of communes reporting, Macron won an estimated 66 percent of the vote over Le Pen's 34 percent. Several voters told CNN they would back just about anyone to keep Le Pen from the presidency. Ironically, it seems Le Pen has inadvertently united the country - against her.

Emmanuel Macron was elected the next president of France following the race between him and far-right Le Pen.

But Macron's mandate may be more muted than the numbers suggest. Four million French voters turned in blank ballots with votes for neither Macron nor Le Pen, and the second-highest number of voters picked "neither".

Macron's camp has not embraced Valls, however. His team was also the victim of a hack, which a cybersecurity firm has said bears the hallmarks of Russian involvement.

"I want to thank you for your strong stance against anti-Semitism, and all forms of racism, which have once again raised their ugly heads around the world", Rivlin wrote in an official letter. "The growing threat of terrorism and militant extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of entire regions". "In these circumstances, it is especially important to overcome mutual distrust and unite efforts to ensure global stability and security", he said. The ceremony marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Le Pen's brand of nationalist populism. "The gains over the last couple of weeks since Macron's first round victory have been substantial and it would appear the trade has exhausted itself". While she wished him success, she continued to criticize her opponent as an establishment candidate, saying the French people had voted for "continuity".

Mr Macron's opponent, Marine Le Pen, had promised to extricate France from the European Union if she won.

  • Zachary Reyes