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Like his predecessors, Macron will be judged above all on employment, and he has vowed to force through reform of France's hidebound labour laws using executive orders during his first months in office.

French far-right presidential candidate Marine le Pen delivers a speech on May 7, 2017 in Paris.

Macron has also said he wants to reinforce the EU's external borders and has called for a major increase in resources for the Frontex agency.

Emmanuel Macron's victory as French president should be good news for all European banks, not just those in France, but Greek and Italian ones, too.

Some even hailed Macron's defeat of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen as "three-nil" after moderate politicians also beat extremists in Austria and the Netherlands in recent months.

Another senior National Front senior official had said that if Macron wins, "France will have a submissive, by default president, not one that was really chosen". The rate of abstentions and blank votes in the second round has been the highest since 1969.

As of midnight, with 88% of the votes counted, results showed that Macron won 18.6 million votes (64.6%), vs. 10.2 million votes (35.4%) for Le Pen.

He is believed to have won 65 percent of the popular vote.

The election victory of French pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has raised hopes among liberal democrats that the populist and anti-globalisation juggernaut behind Brexit and Donald Trump is losing momentum.

"It's a great honor and an awesome responsibility", Macron declared somberly, thanking his supporters "from the bottom of", as cited by France24.

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"A new page of history is starting today".

"The citizens of France have entrusted you the leadership of the country at a hard time for Europe and for the entire worldwide community", Mr Putin said, adding that the growing threat of terrorism and the destabilization of entire regions, it was "particularly important to overcome mutual distrust and unite efforts to ensure global stability and security". "Everyone told us it was impossible, but they don't know France".

"Now we enter combat", said Didier Roxel, a National Front legislative candidate.

"I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that separate us".

In addition to determination and talent, Macron's associates say luck also was very much on his side.

President-elect Macron had floated the idea of introducing a dose of proportional representation that favours smaller parties or those locked out.

"The task that awaits us, my fellow citizens, is vast and starts tomorrow".

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.

The president-elect's camp had been critical of Moscow in the run-up to Sunday's vote. "Vive La France, Vive la République!" he declared.

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