PM Modi congratulates French President-elect Macron

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PM Modi congratulates French President-elect Macron

The election of Emmanuel Macron to the French Presidency has given the world a great sigh of relief, certainly that's the reaction in the Beehive.

The election was not close. Macron received 66% of expressed votes, the French Interior Ministry said.

After registering a landslide in the election, Macron was congratulated by PM Modi.

"He carries the hopes of millions of French people, and of many people in Germany and the whole of Europe", German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference in Berlin. Socialist President Francois Hollande chose not to seek another term in office.

Macron's victory has also led to much soul searching on the British centre-left. But he started his own movement called En Marche! a year ago. He said, "Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron for an emphatic victory in the French Presidential election".

"This vote was in large majority against Marine Le Pen, and I think a lot of people who voted for Macron will go into the streets to protest against his policies, because this was not a vote for him but a vote against the other candidate", Ivanhoe Govoroff, a French journalist, told DW.

On a person level though, the new French President is unusual.

Macron was an investment banker at Rothschild from 2008 to 2012. He also called for reform of the EU.

However, he will need to build support in the French legislature where his movement now has no representation.

She spoke by telephone with Macron just minutes after his resounding win on Sunday and praised his commitment to the EU.

If France left the European Union, it might signal the end of the huge multinational organization.

Macron's sound defeat of far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the run-off vote is "very good news for France", said Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the influential Conference of European Rabbis.

More refined voter analyses will likely show that Le Pen drew votes from the left as well as from her more traditional rightwing voter base, Steinberg suggested. But we may start to get some guess in June's legislative elections. In the first week of the campaign for the second round, Le Pen's vigorous campaigning and populist attacks on Macron as the epitome of the financial elite, on the European Union which he supports, and on globalization and immigration caused her support to increase and narrow his lead a bit, especially among workers in the country's northern and northeastern "rust belt".

The National Front, meanwhile, is also gearing up for a name change - if not a makeover of its ideas - after Le Pen's decisive loss.

Last month interim party leader Jean-Francois Jalkh was forced to step down after he was accused of praising a Holocaust denier.

"People would be hitting me up in French and I don't speak French, so I would hit the Google translate on that and say, 'OK, what is this guy trying to say?' and then if I couldn't quite pick it up, I would hit it up to our guys in Quebec and say, 'OK, what is this guy trying to ask me?'" he said.

Although Macron has won a big victory, he still faces critics both inside and outside the country.

The outcome will help restore some of the EU's self-confidence after it was battered by Britain's decision to leave the bloc previous year.

Jamie Dettmer reported this story for VOA News with additional material from Victor Beattie.

Writing in the Telegraph, Sir Hague warned: "Those who imagine that the populist tide is now defeated will be in for a bad shock unless people feel much better about the future in a few years' time than they feel today". Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.

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