United Kingdom election: May seeks similarly 'strong mandate' to Macron

Theresa May has warmly congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his election success

French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a central pillar of the European Union.

"I look very much forward to working with him", Trump tweeted.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters in Washington on May 8 that Trump called Macron earlier in the day to congratulate the French president-elect.

Trump was among world leaders sending congratulations to Macron, noting his "big win today as the next President of France".

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen lost her bid to become France's first female chief of state, but she was unbowed, looking instead to the next battle: parliamentary elections next month.

The National Front's interim president, named while Le Pen campaigned for Sunday's runoff, said the changes include giving the party a new name.

He left the Socialist government in August and formed En Marche!

Martin Quencez of think-tank the German Marshall Fund of the United States argued that in France "the structural issues behind the populist votes are yet to be tackled".

"The UK we need to ensue we have an equally strong mandate and an equally strong negotiating position".

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Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, commended the French decision in favour of "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity".

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"The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a hard time for Europe and the whole world community", Putin said in a congratulatory telegram to Macron, according to Reuters.

She said she hoped and believed that cooperation with Macron would progress "in exactly this spirit". "The growing threat of terrorism and militant extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of entire regions".

Should En Marche! not emerge as the largest single group in June's elections, France would enter a period of "cohabitation", which would require Macron to appoint a prime minister outside his party.

In Brussels, Macron's win was met with a sigh of relief, as European Union leaders have watched several elections in the past year as litmus tests of the strength of their 28-member bloc.

Xi recalled that France was the first Western power to establish diplomatic relations with communist-ruled China in 1964.

The worst case scenario for Macron would be a hostile majority, which will make it hard to govern and potentially even offer up the prospect of political paralysis.