Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Emmanuel Macron ignites the crowd at his Paris victory rally

Emmanuel Macron ignites the crowd at his Paris victory rally

But in the French presidential election on Sunday, the anti-immigrant, pro-nationalistic Marine LePen was defeated in a landslide by centrist Emmanuel Macron, who won on a pro-immigrant, pro-European Union platform.

Macron is scheduled to attend a series of events and ceremonies with outgoing president Francois Hollande on Monday. Macron is already looking the part.

The pomp of the ceremony, at the imposing Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris, immediately helped lend a presidential air to the previously untested leader who fought and won his first election. Their story began when a 15-year-old Macron took part in a school play she directed.

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.

Macron did salute with "republican greetings" his adversary, far-right leader Le Pen.

Macron and his future government should also place respect for human rights at the center of France's bilateral relations, particularly those with countries that openly turn their backs on rights, such as China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.

Unlike several of his opponents on the left and right, Macron has avoided making pronouncements against Muslim dress codes and is a fierce defender of an open immigration system. But it will be contesting its first ever election.

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The euro fell the most against the dollar since late March, having risen in overnight trade to just above $1.10 when opinion polls signaled the scale of Macron's victory over anti-euro nationalist Marine Le Pen.

France's two-round voting system makes it hard to project the final result, with parliamentary elections often yielding several three-way races where two parties ally against a third, typically the National Front.

President-elect Macron had floated the idea of introducing a dose of proportional representation that favors smaller parties or those locked out. Ferrand also said the names of Macron's 577 candidates in the legislative elections would be announced this Thursday. But that is far from guaranteed. "The National Front is a tool that will evolve to be more efficient, bring more people together considering the number of voters we reached last night".

"He needs to cool down", said Raphael Garine, a protesting student.

"Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron, new president of #France". Mr. Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics, as he was before his victory on Sunday.

As of this morning, 99% of votes have been counted, with the French Interior Ministry having Macron on 66% and Le Pen on 34% - an ode to French polling if nothing else.

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