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Angela Merkel is already sending a tough message to Emmanuel Macron after his presidential victory: thank you for beating Le Pen, but no, you can't have any money.

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

The results will make the 39-year-old former minster of economy the eighth president of the French Fifth Republic, and the youngest one ever.

"It's a great honor and a great responsibility", he said, promising to protect "the most fragile" and fight against "all sorts of inequality and discrimination".

With parliamentary elections looming next month, Macron's triumph fueled power struggles between moderates and hardliners on the left, while leaders of the conservative The Republicans warned against defections to the president-elect's camp.

Manuel Valls and Emmanuel Macron outside the Elysee Palace in Paris.

He received altogether 264 valid votes, while his rival Marine Le Pen got only 50 votes.

She congratulated Macron for winning the election, and wished him success in facing "immense coming challenges".

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The French legislative elections will be held on June 11th and June 18th.

Despite not winning the French presidency with their candidate Marine Le Pen, the Front National may still make huge gains in the French national assembly where they now have only two deputies.

Her father and co-founder of FN Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round in 2002, but lost to Jacques Chirac by a big margin of 17.8 to 82.2 percent.

Russia also denied interfering in last year's USA election campaign after US intelligence agencies accused Russian President Vladimir Putin in January of ordering an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton. Pouillard said he came to this conclusion by cross-referencing voting from the 2015 regional elections and the presidential vote.

European Council President Donald Tusk also congratulated Macron, saying the French have chosen "liberty, equality, and fraternity". He is likely to boost Franco-German ties and US-France relations.

Angela Merkel has dismissed the idea of helping Emmanuel Macron by relaxing eurozone spending rules, quickly putting the onus on France's next president to implement economic reforms after his election win.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hailed via social media Macron's "decisive victory over the hard right".