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Trudeau congratulates Macron on election as French president

Trudeau congratulates Macron on election as French president

Macron's victory has been hailed as a major setback for the wave of far-right populism spreading through Europe.

Macron's year-old Republic on the Move party does not have any seats in the current parliament but it hopes in June to secure a majority that will allow him to push through economic reforms for reviving an economy beset by high unemployment and sluggish growth. France is deeply divided and the election result reflected a very disturbing rise in ultraright support, particularly in the rust-belt areas of the country.

Emmanuel Macron managed to clinch the French presidential election, eliminating the worry that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen would manage a surprise victory and that France might consequently withdraw from the European Union.

There is also the reality that the National Front did not have a monopoly on the populist market, others said, pointing to the astonishing rise of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a far leftist who advocated withdrawing from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Mr Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well.

The two men separated when Macron quit in August 2016 to prepare his presidential bid.

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Ms Le Pen also faces questioning in a series of inquiries covering the allegedly fictitious employment of staff in European parliamentary positions, the financing of past elections and her own tax affairs. The Union of Democrats and Independents, a center-right party, is polling at about the same level as the National Front, followed by France Unbowed-Melenchon's party-at 13 percent.

Back on May 6, 2012, it was Democratic president Barack Obama who dialed socialist Francois Hollande the day of his victory to offer congratulations and invite Europe's newest leader to the White House ahead of a G8 summit.

At first glance, the triumph of the pro-EU Macron-the warm up music for his victory address was the Ode to Joy, not the Marseillaise-who has talked about luring British business and research to France post-Brexit doesn't seem like a great result for Theresa May. On past form in French politics, this leaves an incumbent president unable to exert control over economic policy.

After voting finished, 15 envelopes were empty, while eight votes were invalid.

Furthermore, his political platform would also go beyond the traditional "left-right" political divide so typical in European countries. "It's essential to liberate sectors of our economy, but at the same time to provide protections for all". "It is my responsibility to hear you". She earned more than 10.5 million votes on Sunday, roughly double the number of votes her father won running for the same party in 2002. But that was the National Front's best ever showing, exposing deep divisions in the country. "Macron's party wins, but gets no majority in parliament".

The far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party of Jean-Luc Melenchon would score 13-15 per cent and the Socialist Party 8-9 per cent if the two-round parliamentary elections were held now, the surveys suggested. "I will be at the head of this combat".


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