Macron beats Le Pen to EU's sigh of relief

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron left and outgoing President Francois Hollande attend a ceremony to mark the end of World War II at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Monday

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron left and outgoing President Francois Hollande attend a ceremony to mark the end of World War II at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Monday

"I will propose starting this deep transformation of our movement in order to make a new political force", she said.

Split 50-50 between men and women, they'll have Macron's example for inspiration: Contesting his first election, he handily beat Le Pen with 66 percent of Sunday's vote and tore up France's political map.

The European Union breathed a sigh of relief at the election of a supportive French leader and the euro briefly hit a six-month high, but Macron faces a formidable challenge to enact his programme while trying to unite a fractured and demoralised country.

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Emmanuel Macron won a resounding victory in the French presidential election but the focus shifted immediately Monday to whether he can govern the country without the support of a traditional party.

But many commentators said the fact that a third of the electorate either abstained or cast blank or spoiled votes on Sunday showed Macron would start his mandate under intense scrutiny.

Ex-prime minister Manuel Valls, a one-time centrist ally who lobbied for Macron to join the government in 2014, has declared his desire to stand for Macron's party in the parliamentary elections. The ceremony marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Le Pen's brand of nationalist populism. Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well.

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The French Interior Ministry said with 93 per cent of the votes counted, Macron had about 19.3 million votes, while Ms Le Pen secured about 10.4 million.

Mainstream parties on the left and right that were frozen out of Sunday's runoff in a first for modern France, also are regrouping, aiming to clip Macron's wings and impose their political agenda, via parliament, on his five-year term. Ferrand also said the names of Macron's 577 candidates in the legislative elections would be announced this Thursday. In interviews on Monday her campaign director David Rachline said the party founded by her father would get a new name as bait to pull in a broader spectrum of supporters in France.

Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron.

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But relations between Valls and Macron deteriorated badly during their time in government and the heavy-hitting Spanish-born ex-leader is disliked by many Republique en Marche insiders.

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