German Foreign Minister: Le Pen Got Too Many Votes

Centrist Emmanuel Macron was elected French president with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.

Previously Mr Trump had seemed to favour Mr Macron's opponent, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, whom he had praised as "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France".

The votes from India, were also perhaps, based on the same reservations that European countries had towards Le Pen.

Jean Pisani-Ferry, economic adviser to Macron, today said the President-elect would not seek to "punish" the United Kingdom, adding that both sides would benefit from maintaining economic ties.

It was the first time the men had appeared in public together since Macron resigned in August a year ago as the French minister for the economy and finance to run for president - a decision that was received coldly by the French leader at the time, according to French media. French politicians acknowledge that the country is deeply fractured politically. French voters traditionally rally around the newly elected president in general elections, but their new leader does not have a big party machine behind him. But given what is at stake, France, Europe and the world need him to succeed.

Almost 11 million (33.9 percent) of those who took part in the second round voted for Marine Le Pen, making it the highest share that the National Front (FN) presidential hopeful has ever received.

Ms Le Pen called for France to leave the European Union and drop the euro currency in favour of the franc.

"The result of (the French) election was pretty well forecast".

However, his challenge remains in energising an increasingly apathetic electorate, for whom his centrist platform offers little else except an alternative to Le Pen.

"Emmanuel Macron's victory is a breath for France and for the whole of Europe", leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeted.

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.

Politically, he was a member of the Socialist Party for three years, before becoming an independent politician in 2009.

The final week of the race was marked by dramatic twists and turns. Le Pen, who is a fiery speaker with a laser-focused message, was expected to clobber Macron, who has little political experience. Macron joined President Francois Hollande in a commemoration of the formal German defeat in World War II.

In the United States data out Friday showed job growth rebounded sharply in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent, near a 10-year low, which is seen as reinforcing the case for a US interest rate increase next month. Both the news media and public opinion suggested Macron was the clear victor.

Late on Friday, 1-1/2 days before polls opened, Macron's campaign said it had been the target of a massive computer hack that dumped internal campaign emails online.