Trump, May & leaders across the world react to Emmanuel Macron's French election victory

US President Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Mr Macron despite having earlier hinted at a preference for a Le Pen victory, claiming she was “strongest on borders, and she’s the strongest on what’s been going on in France”.

President Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!”

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Emmanuel Macron received messages of congratulations and support from leaders across the world

White House press secretary Sean Spicer added: “We congratulate President-elect Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election.

“We look forward to working with the new President and continuing our close cooperation with the French government.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May also offered her congratulations, saying: “We look forward to working with the new president on a wide range of shared priorities.”

In a statement, Downing Street said Mrs May “warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success”.

Other high-profile political figures in Britain were quick to respond to the news of Mr Macron’s victory, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeting: “Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on your victory in #Presidentielle2017. I look forward to working with you.”

He added he was “delighted that the French people have decisively rejected Le Pen’s politics of hate” – a similar to response to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron who said the defeat for far-right leader Ms Le Pen has “kept the wolves from our door”.

Meanwhile Tony Blair, who has drawn similarities to Mr Macron for representing centrist politics, said the 39-year-old’s victory was “great news for France and Europe.”

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Donald Trump tweeted a congratulatory message after Le Pen conceded defeat

He added: “His campaign and the substantial majority he achieved shows that the centre ground is alive and kicking and the place where elections can still be fought and won by progressive politics.”

However, not everyone was happy with Mr Macron’s win. Nigel Farage, who had openly supported Ms Le Pen during the campaign, tweeted: “Macron offers five more years of failure, more power to the EU and a continuation of open borders.

His campaign and the substantial majority he achieved shows that the centre ground is alive and kicking and the place where elections can still be fought and won by progressive politics

Tony Blair

“If Marine sticks in there, she can win in 2022.”

EU bigwigs Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Guy Verhofstadt all rushed to congratulate the Eurocrat’s victory and are no doubt relieved that Ms Le Pen’s anti-European rhetoric did not win over French voters.

Mr Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said the result made him “happy that the ideas that you defended of a strong and progressive Europe that protects all its citizens will be those that France will cherish under your presidency”.

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Mr Macron celebrates his election win

German chancellor Angela Merkel said: “Your victory is a victory for a strong united Europe and for the Franco-German friendship.”

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, fresh from defeating his own right-wing opponent after beating Geert Wilders in the Netherlands’ election in March, said French voters “made a clear progressive and pro-European choice.”

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Marine Le Pen concedes defeat after a hard-fought election campaign

Leaders from other EU nations, including Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic and Spain all congratulated the new French president and offered their hopes for a more united Europe.

One leader whose congratulatory message was notably absent was Russian president Vladimir Putin, who met Mr Macron’s rival Ms Le Pen during the election campaign.

However Russian opposition leader Alexei Navally tweeted: “Spartak-champions, Macron-president. A good day.”

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