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5 things to know about French president-elect Emmanuel Macron

Macron, who will be inaugurated on Sunday, has said he is aiming for an absolute majority in the lower chamber in June's elections.

He has promised to liberalise the economy and rejuvenate France's jaded governing class by bringing more people who, like him, have never held elected office into government and parliament.

Trudeau said he hopes he and Macron can work together on a "progressive agenda" to promote global security, increase collaboration in science and technology, and create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. In interviews, National Front officials said the party founded by her father would get a new name to try and draw in a broader spectrum of supporters.

Macron worked as an economic adviser to President Francois Hollande and was appointed economy minister in 2014, deregulating some branches of industry and liberalizing Sunday trading.

"This Socialist party is dead".

Mr Macron's 577 candidates in the elections are expected to be announced on Thursday.

The euro currency, which had been rising for two weeks as the prospect receded that France would elect an anti-EU president, topped $1.10 in early Asian trading for the first time since the US elections, before easing back.

But many analysts believe the centrist movement is unlikely to win a majority and will be forced to govern in a coalition.

Welcoming Macron, Chair of United Kingdom based Sikh Federation Amrik Singh said: "We have been in regular contact with Sikhs in France and understand his political position on many issues could result in improvements for the small minority Sikh community in France in terms of religious freedoms".

The Prime Minister, who also sent a telegram of congratulations to Macron, stressed that Europe will need stability and constructive cooperation following Brexit, with France's role in this situation being irreplaceable.

"Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also many in Germany and across Europe", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Soon after the election defeat, Le Pen's niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen, popular in the party and one of only four FN lawmakers, said her aunt's change of course had come too late and failed to convince voters.

"We have a real problem with France", Juncker said in Berlin on Monday.

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