French presidential victor Macron marks key wartime date as markets celebrate

Polls taken in the evening of the first round, on April 23, suggested Macron would win roughly 60 percent of the vote on May 7.

In a telegram sent on Sunday to congratulate the new president-elect of France, Mr Rajoy praised Mr Macron for his proposed reforms and his "firm defense of the European integration process". "I respect them", he declared, solemnly. She conceded the race in Paris: "The National Front ... must deeply renew itself in order to rise to the historic opportunity and meet the French people's expectations", vowing to make her party the primary opposition to Macron in what she called a battle between "patriots" and "globalists".

"Whenever anyone is in power, they say "degage" (French for "Get Lost")", Bardin explained. "It is up to us to confront the globalist agenda of Macron". Until now, modern France had been governed either by the Socialists or the conservatives. Some 50,000 soldiers and police officers have been deployed near polling stations and other sites around France for Sunday's election. His movement, En Marche!

"France will be at the forefront of the fight against terrorism", he said.

Macron's party, previously known as a movement called simply En Marche, is preparing a list of candidates for next month's parliamentary election. In his speech there, Macron said those who voted for Le Pen were caught up in "anger, disarray". I couldn't vote for Le Pen. Shortly afterward, voting also started in French Guiana and the French West Indies.

As the day began, French voters faced a stark choice.

Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron became the first President of France from outside the two traditional main parties. "We found that Le Pen would stop immigration and we were scared".

France's biggest labour union, the CFDT, welcomed Macron's victory but said the National Front's score was still worryingly high.

Returning to their home in war-ravaged Aleppo remains a distant dream for Ammounah's family, so they basked in the bright lights of Macron's win in their new home in Paris.

Like Macron, Le Pen will now have to work to try to convert her presidential result into parliamentary seats, in a two-round system that has in the past encouraged voters to cast ballots tactically to keep her out.

The White House released a statement Sunday congratulating Macron: "We look forward to working with the new President and continuing our close cooperation with the French government".

Macron's expected margin of victory was bigger than the gap shown by pre-election polls, which had projected a Macron victory by around 20 points.

The MSCI Asia ex-Japan index was marked 0.3% higher by 06:45 BST while Japan's Nikkei 225 surged 1.7% to test an 18-month high returned from last week's Golden Week holiday celebrations.

But then came the two-and-a-half-hour televised debate on May 3, the only debate between the two rounds of the election.

In this election the sense of shock and anti-Le Pen front proved far weaker.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said "the victory of President-elect Macron is a symbolic victory against inward-looking and protectionist moves and shows a vote of confidence in the European Union".

Merkel 's rival in the German elections in September, the former European Parliament president Martin Schulz, has promised to be more pro-European than Merkel on social issues. Both the news media and public opinion suggested Macron was the clear victor. The party presided over a smaller but still telling defeat on Sunday, bringing up the rear in Sunday's vote in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with projections showing it winning less than 6 percent of vote.

But the French vote was also a warning. The hacked documents did not appear to gain much traction and were not seen to have an effect on today's results.