5 things to know about French president-elect Emmanuel Macron

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French President-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates on the stage at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris, France.

"France is one of the biggest trading partners of the Philippines in the European Union, and we look forward to working with the incoming Macron administration to enhance Philippines-France bilateral relations", he added.

Despite the strong rhetoric from Marine Le Pen and her increased chance of winning compared to 2012, the market was pricing just around 33 percent probability that France would leave the European Union. However, Le Pen called on all patriots "to join us" in constituting a "new political force" during the upcoming legislative elections.

Mr Macron's campaign members Christophe Castaner and Benjamin Griveaux said Mr Valls is welcome but would have to go through the regular application process. The EU nations expressed relief that France had proven not to be the next domino to fall after Britain's Brexit vote.

"Congratulations to new President, Emmanuel Macron, on his decisive victory over the hard right".

"Happy that the French chose a European future".

"He carries the hopes of millions of French people, and of many people in Germany and the whole of Europe", the German chancellor told a press conference.

The New York Times said that France, like other major democracies, faced the challenge of "many people feeling marginalised by globalisation, economic stagnation, an unresponsive government, unemployment, faceless terrorism and a tide of immigrants".

"I will vote for Emmanuel Macron", Hollande said in a speech, broadcast by BFMTV television.

Monday was the first time Macron and Hollande had appeared in public together since Macron resigned in August 2016 as Hollande's economy minister to run for president - a decision that was received coldly by the French leader at the time.

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