What world leaders say about Macron's victory

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Some congratulate Macron, while others commiserate with Le Pen

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron arrives to deliver speech in front of Pyramid at Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday (AFP)
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Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron stormed to victory in the French presidential election on Sunday, roundly defeating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in a run-off vote.

Here is a selection of comments from world leaders and other political heavyweights on Macron's election victory.

- United States -

"Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!" President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

- Germany -

"Congratulations, @EmmanuelMacron. Your victory is a victory for a strong and united Europe and for French-German friendship," said Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman.

- Britain -

"The Prime Minister warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success. France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new President on a wide range of shared priorities," said a Downing Street spokesman.

- European Union -

"Happy that the French chose a European future," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote on Twitter.

EU Council President Donald Tusk also offered his congratulations, saying the French had chosen "liberty, equality and fraternity," and "said no to the tyranny of fake news". 

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani told AFP: "We have received a vote of confidence from France in the European Union."

- Spain -

"Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron, new president of #France. Let us work in France and Spain for a stable, prosperous and more integrated Europe," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a tweet.

- Denmark -

"Congratulations @Emmanuel Macron! We can achieve more together than on our own. Looking forward to our cooperation," Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen tweeted.

- Sweden -

"This is a victory for the French people and for European cooperation. New opportunities will now open up for the proactive agenda needed to strengthen the EU, including more jobs and fair working conditions, a stronger climate policy and a functioning asylum system in which everyone takes responsibility," said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

- Brazil -

"I congratulate @EmmanuelMacron on his victory in the French presidential election. Brazil and France will continue to work together for democracy, human rights, development, integration and peace," tweeted President Michel Temer.

- Greece -

Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras said Macron's victory was "an inspiration for France and for Europe," adding he was "sure we will work closely together".

- Others -

- In The Netherlands, Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders commiserated with Marine Le Pen, saying in a tweet: “Well done anyway @MLP_officiel millions of patriots voted for you! You will win next time - and so will I!”

- In Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the far-right Freedom Party, said Le Pen deserves "respect... She is from now on the strongest opposition force against Macron."

Macron "strategically positioned himself a year and a half ago as pseudo-independent," Strache said on Facebook.

- "Congratulations to President-elect @EmmanuelMacron and the French people," former US president Bill Clinton wrote on Twitter.

- "The French people refused the politics of hate and voted to uphold our shared values of liberte, egalite, and fraternite," New York City mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.