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Last updated: 08 May, 2017  

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SME Times News Bureau | 08 May, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron after he was declared winner in the French Presidential election runoff.

"I look forward to working closely with President-elect @EmmanuelMacron to further strengthen India-France ties," Modi tweeted.

"Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron for an emphatic victory in the French Presidential election. #Presidentielle2017," he added.

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron was declared victor after he won 20.7 million votes, firmly beating Marine Le Pen, who took about 10.6 million in the French Presidential elections' crucial runoff on Sunday.

According to the official results announced, Macron wins 66.06 per cent of total votes. Le Pen got 33.94 per cent of the votes, BBC quoted the French Interior Ministry as saying.

The turnout in this runoff was nearly 74 per cent -- the lowest in almost 50 years.

French media reported that Macron supporters came out on the streets in celebration while Le Pen called him up to congratulate him.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump were among a few the global leaders who congratulated Macron on his victory.

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande also wished Macron on twitter: "All my wishes of success for our country.

Hollande, who had backed Macron in the second round, later called his former economic adviser and economy minister to congratulate him on his win.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated on Macron's election victory, saying he was happy that "the French have chosen European future."

European Council President Donald Tusk also congratulated Macron, saying the French have chosen "liberty, equality, and fraternity."

German chancellor's chief of staff Peter Altmaier said over Twitter Macron's success has sent a strong signal for "common values" and Franco-German ties.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Hillary Clinton also congratulated Macron on twitter.
 
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