Europe breathes sigh of relief after Macron victory in France

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Emmanuel Macron's supporters watch the president-elect speaking on a giant screen at the Louvre museum where Emmanuel Macron is planning to celebrate, on May 7, 2017 in Paris.

In early returns, Macron had won an estimated 65 percent of the vote to Le Pen's almost 35 percent, according to the French Interior Ministry.

On Friday, hackers dumped a trove of emails from Macron's campaign on the internet in an apparent attempt to damage his candidacy just ahead of today's vote.

After his victory, Mr Macron urged the French to embrace rather than reject globalisation and vowed to work with Germany to relaunch the European Union - a body that has been struggling to find its relevance after years of crisis and scepticism among many Europeans. Mr Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics, as he was before Sunday.

In a statement, Putin wished Macron "good health, well-being and success" as president, adding that "overcoming mutual distrust and joining efforts to ensure global stability and security is especially important". Important vote of confidence of the French in a United Europe!

The euro currency, hit a six-month high against the dollar while Asian shares gained and USA stocks briefly touched a record high. One image showed Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate of the far-right National Front, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. (Onwards!), barely a year ago.

In a brief acceptance speech to supporters, Macron said he had heard "the rage, anxiety and doubt that a lot of you have expressed" over the election, promising to spend his term "fighting the forces of division that undermine France".

"Now we enter combat", said Didier Roxel, a National Front legislative candidate. Macron had served as economy minister in the outgoing, deeply unpopular government of President Francois Hollande. "(But the media says I can't talk about that)" Mrs Clinton added in an apparent reference to several attempts to derail Mr Macron's campaign by hacking its communications and distributing purportedly leaked documents.

"I will respect everyone in their beliefs, I will seek reconciliation because I want the unity of our people", Macron said.

The next task for Macron and his La Republique En Marche ("Onward the Republic") political movement, that is barely a year old, will be to secure a majority in next month's parliamentary elections in order to implement his programme.

Western leaders largely hailed the result after the shock of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump in the United States.

Turnout was expected to slightly down on previous polls, as many voters found the choice between Mr. Macron's pro-business, socially liberal programme and Ms. Le Pen's hardline anti-EU, anti-immigration stance unpalatable.

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