What world leaders say about Macron's victory

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

Emmanuel Macron received words of encouragement form Greek leaders yesterday after winning France's presidential election on Sunday. He shed his breezier campaign demeanor for a solemn, more statesman-like look in his first appearances after his victory and again Monday, at a sober ceremony with Hollande to commemorate Germany's defeat in World War II.

The centrist's emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France's mainstream parties, brings huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump's election as USA president. Macron was an outspoken defender of the European Union throughout a bitter campaign. Macron won as an independent, without the support of any of the established political parties.

From Adam Plowright, Macron elected French president, AFP, Yahoo!

At a victory rally, Mr Macron said that France is facing an "immense task" to rebuild European unity, fix the economy and ensure security against extremist threats.

"The (French election) results came in as expected and the market had already factored that in", said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville, New Jersey. "Everyone told us it was impossible, but they don't know France".

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon and London Mayor Sadiq Khan also took to social media to celebrate Macron's win.

The poll, for M6 television, also found Le Pen's supporters to be more convinced by their candidate's policies and qualities: 56% of Le Pen voters found she spoke to their concerns, while only 21% of Macron voters said the same of him.

Le Pen's National Front (FN) and the other election losers are all hell bent on bouncing back in the parliamentary vote.

Many people did not agree with what he was doing and became cross with him.

"If all goes well, positive global and European economic tailwinds could help reap the benefits of reforms quickly, dissipating French voters' anxiety about the euro and globalization within the next five years", said Marion Amiot, senior economist at Oxford Economics.

The official tally published by the interior ministry showed that Mr Macron collected 20.8 million votes, or 66.1%, while Ms Le Pen garnered 10.6 million votes, or 33.9%. Party spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Valls had not applied to the party's selection committee and had 24 hours left to do so.

The news is a relief to markets as Macron's Pro-EU stance is more favourable to Euro investors than Le Pen's anti-EU attitude.

The dollar index, which tracks the US currency against a basket of six rivals, added 0.2 percent to 98.963, after dipping as low as 98.543 earlier, its lowest since November.

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