Victorious Macron reminded of huge and immediate challenges

Marine Le Pen may have lost this time but the French far right is on the move

Marine Le Pen may have lost this time but the French far right is on the move

"I'd like to help, especially with lowering the unemployment rate in France", she said.

Hamon, who gained popularity in recent years by leading a group of rebel Socialist lawmakers who opposed Valls, was a distant fifth in the first round of the presidential election after garnering just over 6 percent of the votes, the Socialist Party's worst result since 1969.

France's economic malaise, especially high unemployment, had undermined the popularity of outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande to the point where he decided not even to run again as a candidate.

The Moroccan King also voiced willingness to work with President Macron to "consolidate this exemplary cooperation so that we take up the multiple challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean space and the Sahel-Saharan region".

Elsewhere in Paris, more than 1,500 people, led by the powerful CGT labor federation, marched in protest against Macron's planned liberalization of labor laws. "We shall see", Jean-Claude Mailly, secretary general of the hardline leftist Force Ouvriere union told France Info radio.

Macron, a former economy minister and banker who has never held an elected post, received good news as two opinion polls published after his victory indicated that his year-old political movement, En Marche!

Clinton was seemingly referring to criticism she received in the media last week, after she said she took full responsibility for her loss to Donald Trump in the November presidential election, but went on to blame "Russian WikiLeaks" and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey for her defeat.

The Sovereign described the Moroccan-French secular friendship and the strong and multifaceted partnership as "a strategic choice that the two countries have constantly renewed and consolidated", expressing confidence that this partnership will gain in depth and intensity under Macron's presidency.

Amid a sea of red, white, and blue tricolor flags at a victory party outside the iconic Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, Macron said the country was turning a page in its history and pledged to the thousands in attendance to defend France and Europe and "rebuild links between Europe and its citizens". "I look very much forward to working with him".

Macron has said he was aiming to secure an absolute majority in the lower chamber through the June 11 and 18 elections.

Whatever Le Pen's defeat means for populism's long-term future, Macron's victory can not disguise the fact that France remains a deeply-riven society on a number of issues and those divisions are not going to go away anytime soon.

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