Landslide victory for Macron

Macron supporters gathered and danced in front of the Louvre as they waited for his victory speech.

"France has won!" he said. "Everyone said it was impossible". There was also a nod to his opponent, the Front Nationale's Marine Le Pen who secured around 35 per cent of the vote. Le Pen's performance punctured her hopes that the populist wave which swept Donald Trump into the White House and led Britain to vote to leave the European Union would also carry her to France's presidential Elysee Palace.

Like Macron, Le Pen will now have to work to try to convert her presidential result into parliamentary seats, in a two-round system that has in the past encouraged voters to vote tactically to keep her out.

At a time when Brexit has been triggered and the European economy as a whole is not in great shape, Macron said after being elected president: "I will defend Europe; it is our civilisation that is at stake".

The White House released a statement Sunday congratulating Macron: "We look forward to working with the new President and continuing our close cooperation with the French government". "It's my responsibility to hear them", he said.

Macron will be an important player in Britain's looming negotiations with the European Union on exiting the bloc.

Of course, the media is focused not on the veracity of the charge but on the source of the information - WikiLeaks, 4Chan, and others on the right fighting against the deep state.

Parisians lined the streets outside Macron's campaign headquarters to see his motorcade whisk him away to the Louvre party. His wife, Brigitte, joined him on stage after his address.

She now wants to over-haul her National Front party in a bid to improve its winning chances in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

So who is the new French President?

Congratulatory messages poured in from overseas. And he wins. It's much sweeter as a love story when you tell it as part of the presidential campaign than say, when the boy is in high school and it could, depending on when the love blossoms, be the stuff of a criminal case in the U.S. rather than a candidate's biography.

The "digital fingerprints" of hacking group Pawn Storm - a Moscow-linked group United States authorities believe hacked the Democratic National Committee's computers a year ago - were last week linked to 160 attacks on Mr Macron's email server and website.

The scores registered for Macron, Le Pen and for abstention in the second round of the French presidential election. "I will fight the divisions that undermine France", the country's youngest president-elect said.

Macron also spoke later to British Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his aides said.

His En Marche movement - "neither of the left, nor right" - has vowed to field candidates in all 577 constituencies, with half of them women and half of them newcomers to politics.

Comments about the email dump began to appear on Friday evening (French time) - just hours before the official ban on campaigning began. If the new French president fails to deliver on his promises by the next election in 2022, Le Pen or another anti-EU leader may return stronger than ever. I hope that it is still recognizable as French.

One of the party's two sitting MPs is her own niece, 27-year-old Marion Marechal-Le Pen. In an effort to undercut Le Pen, French conservatives have similarly co-opted some of her tough talk.

"It's the people who decide", Marine Le Pen told me during the final days of the run-off campaign.

"It is a big victory for a part of the population - and there are many of them - who identify closely with Europe and a certain vision of globalization", veteran political analyst Philippe Braud told AFP. The National Front is a movement which measures its progress over decades. If it can not get a legislative majority it will enter "La Cohabitation", an uneasy alliance with another party that will weaken the position Macron has just won.

Austria may be the far-right's best hope for a victory, where opinion polls suggest that the anti-immigrant Freedom Party may be able to lead a coalition after elections that must be held by next year at the latest. Macron's startup-style campaign caught fire. Hollande himself decided not to run again.

But the vote also showed that France's 67 million people are deeply divided, riven by anxieties about terrorism and chronic unemployment, anxious about the cultural and economic impact of immigration and fearful of France's ability to compete against giants like China and Google.

He also inherits a country still in a state of emergency following a string of Islamist-inspired attacks since 2015 that have killed more than 230 people.