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Business leaders "don't want to have lots of obstacles to hire one, two, five or 10 persons... If it's too complicated and a terrible stress, they don't do it.feedback
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May 23 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about French election 2017. 566 people are quoted and you can read 1218 citations of them about French election 2017. Francois Hollande, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Francois Hollande said: “I wanted to come back here because without you, without this movement, without the strength you embody, I would never have led France. I am leaving the country in a much better state than I found it in.”.
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Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

Risks are clearly biased to the upside, but we need more clarity on whether Macron can push through his reforms.feedback

Daniel Gros - Centre for European Policy Studies

If Macron gets France going, we will have fewer tensions in the euro zone and the need for more federalist structures will actually diminish.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I want to repeat here how important the European project is to me, and my will to work with the European institutions. I count on President Tusk and his leadership to go even further in this work of re-shaping and setting in motion again a European ambition.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

I have come with a simple message. Europe needs your energy, imagination and courage and when I say Europe I am not thinking of the institutions, but millions of Europeans who see your victory as a sign of hope. Hope for a Europe that protects, wins and looks to the future.feedback

Daniel Gros - Centre for European Policy Studies

It is very realistic to expect further integration but change will take time. Nothing much will change immediately. Macron has said that he needs to reform France first, before he can discuss deep euro area reforms with Germany. He is not asking for German taxpayers' money nor Eurobonds. So the most likely compromise will be resources for more investment.feedback

François Heisbourg - The International Institute for Strategic Studies

In both cases this is a strong European signal. Sylvie Goulard is a professional European, which can only mean one thing - that European defence is one of the priorities.feedback

Todd Rosenbluth

International equities have performed very well in 2017 and yet many U.S. investors have been underexposed. The strong relative returns, coupled with improved sentiment in Europe following the Macron election, has likely sparked greater interest. However, if investors become nervous about U.S. equity markets, a focus on taxable bond funds will persist.feedback

Thanos Vamvakidis - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Momentum can be very powerful. Many people were surprised the euro did not appreciate more after the French election. Last week, we saw the strongest flows into equities ever. ... All the markets were expecting Macron to win. Still, when it happened, it was bullish for markets. The European data has been improving for most of this year. This clearly increases the chances the ECB will announce tapering QE [quantitative easing] in the next few months, most likely September.feedback

Antonio Barroso

Macron has tried to strike a fine political balance to maximize his chances of building a majority, while making sure the new government has enough competent figures to launch reforms.feedback

Marie Le Conte

Marilyn has small breasts. Normally I don't like that. My thing, I admit, would be breasts that are instead a little round, not overwhelmed and sagging, no, not heavy to the point of collapse, but instead, something in relief. Not small, harsh, and hazardous protrusions. The models that parade around showing off their vertical flatness leave me speechless. A real chest is round, it is comfortable, it is welcoming and one must be able to put his nose in the middle with jubilation.feedback

Nicolas Hulot

We leading a battle of minds...The environment is the cornerstone of human dignity.feedback

Stephen Macklow-Smith - J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Markets broke upwards with the disappearance of concerns around the French election. Quite a lot of fast money came in and markets are just pausing now to digest that.feedback

Francois Baroin

What Emmanuel Macron is proposing is dynamiting, not political reshaping.feedback

Richard Ferrand

Emmanuel Macron has talked about unity and renewal. Emmanuel Macron's political family is on the left, he's from the left, so bearing in mind we're convinced that with a shared project we can get over old divisions, it was quite logical that a man from the right be appointed prime minister.feedback

Benjamin Schroeder

The appetite for this deal should be good, but we will be watching it closely because parliamentary elections are coming up and they will determine whether Macron can form an effective government.feedback

Michael Hartnett

Investor sentiment is bullish. But irrationality is not yet visible despite all-time highs in credit and equity markets, robust global EPS and a benign French election result.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We will take all our responsibilities to provide, every time it's needed, a relevant response to big contemporary crises.feedback

Florian Hense - Berenberg

Macron and Merkel seemed more aligned than I expected, with Merkel even saying she wouldn't exclude treaty changes, which the market welcomed. The axis between Germany and France is even more crucial over the next couple of years because if the two don't sit together and reform the euro zone, we are probably going to have Le Pen in five years' time again.feedback

Francois Baroin

It will be up to him to struggle with this element of schizophrenia.feedback

Roger Cohen - The New York Times

After Le Pen’s European suicide, Macron and Merkel have an opportunity to renew the idea of Union.feedback

Édouard Philippe

Macron doesn't take responsibility for anything but promises everything, with the ardour of a youthful conqueror and the cynicism of a seasoned veteran. He'll have to be daring. Get out of the old, comfortable, institutionalised, one-on-one left-right opposition to constitute a majority of a new kind. The path will be narrow, and risky. It's hard to see the 'system' letting go easily.feedback

Bernard Accoyer

This is an individual decision. It is not a political agreement. Will this new prime minister support the candidates of En Marche of the president … or will he support the candidates of The Republicans-UDI, the candidates of his own political family?feedback

Toni Roldán

There are a lot of similitudes (between En Marche and Ciudadanos). En Marche, like Ciudadanos, started as a citizens movement and it has overtaken the limitations and constrains of the old politics and the traditional parties. Macron is 38-years-old, the similitudes with Rivera are clear and they are there for all to see. And in terms of the political project, he he added, 'it is evident that the Conservatives and the Socialists are not capable of providing the answers to the challenges that are fuelling the rise of populism.feedback

Daniel Gros - Centre for European Policy Studies

It's not so clear if Macron wants to have a budget for the Eurozone or for the EU. But then the biggest problem will not so much be between France and Germany because there is another big country in the EU area – Italy, which has actually more fiscal problems, much more fiscal problems than France. And therefore while Germany and France might be able to strike a deal they have somehow to get Italy on board and that might be very, very difficult.feedback

Michel Barnier

Good luck, Emmanuel Macron, in writing a new page for our republic. And vive European France!feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

A community cannot exist without the strong vouching for the weaker ones. Such a wide-reaching change requires changes to the European treaties. And there are not many who believe this is realistic at the moment.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

For us there are no such taboos. I will reform not because Europe asks for it, but because France needs it. I am not in favour of collectivising debts of the past. It leads to an irresponsible politics.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

Macron’s election victory boosted Merkel’s position too. A new Franco-German partnership could reinvigorate both countries. As Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron warmly embraced in Berlin on Monday, one widespread narrative was that, for all the Frenchman’s chutzpah, he was the much weaker partner. Here was an untested newcomer seeking favours from Europe’s most powerful leader. Here was the president of a troubled France, sitting down with a German chancellor whose national economy keeps barrelling ahead and whose personal clout seems all but invincible.feedback

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

The right has just been annexed, with a prime minister taken from its ranks, from the Republicans. Don't give full powers to Mr. Macron and his prime minister.feedback

Benjamin Griveaux

I believe they know and like each other, because of their intellectual honesty and their rigor.feedback

Martin Selmayr - European Commission

This is very good news. Philippe is an authority on EU affairs and a promoter of Franco-German friendship.feedback

Guenther Oettinger - European Union

Demands like a euro zone finance minister are really dreams. The euro zone must be strengthened. The euro zone needs a more coherent, common approach.feedback

Sylvie Goulard

One should not criticise Emmanuel Macron for points that are not in his program. He never spoke out at any time in the election campaign for Eurobonds. I consider Eurobonds a possible tool to finance future EU joint projects on favorable terms. But they are not meant to shift a state's existing debts onto the shoulders of the other Europeans. This is rightly rejected in Germany. We must stop pretending as if we were the packhorse of the European Union. We're the big winners in fiscal and economic terms, we're the world's exports champion because they all are buying our products.feedback

Sylvie Goulard

We must stop confronting the French constantly with the raised index finger, blocking everything and letting them beg, so to speak, for every inch of flexibility in politics.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The challenge is not for me to bring together the left or bring together the right. The challenge is to bring together France.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I will convince our compatriots that France's power is not in decline, but that we are at the dawn of an extraordinary renaissance because we have all the qualities which will make ... the great powers of the 21st century. France is strong only if she is prosperous. The world and Europe need France now more than ever and they need a strong France with a sense of its own destiny. We will need a more efficient Europe, a more democratic Europe, a more political Europe because it's the instrument of our power and our sovereignty, I will work on that.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I reassure you that not for a single second did I think that everything changed as if by magic on May 7. This will be slow work, demanding, but indispensable. It will be up to me to convince the French that our country, which seems threatened by the sometimes contrary winds of the world, carries in its heart all the resources to be a nation of the first rank. The division and fractures in our society must be overcome. I know that the French expect much from me. Nothing will make me stop defending the higher interests of France and from working to reconcile the French.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The world and Europe needs France more than ever. They need a strong France that is sure of its destiny. A France that upholds freedom and solidarity. I am convinced that the power of France is not in decline, as we are at the dawn of an extraordinary rebirth. Nothing will affect only a part of the population. We are united, we are all neighbors.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The division and fractures in our society must be overcome. I know that the French expect much from me. Nothing will make me stop defending the higher interests of France and for working to reconcile the French. The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity.feedback

Francois Hollande

I wanted to come back here because without you, without this movement, without the strength you embody, I would never have led France. I am leaving the country in a much better state than I found it in.feedback

Francois Hollande

I am not handing over power to a political opponent, it's far simpler.feedback

Francois Hollande

We are at the dawn of an extraordinary renaissance. We have in our hands all the benefits that have made and will make the 21st century. We will remake and relaunch the Europe we need because it protects us and allows us to demonstrate our values to the world. France's role in the world is an eminent one. We will assume our responsibilities when it is called for. A timely response to the big crises of our era.feedback

Francois Hollande

We lived through crises but we held together. France remained France.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The world and Europe need France now more than ever and they need a strong France with a sense of its own destiny. I will not reverse course on any of the commitments taken in front of the French people. From this very evening I will be at work. Long live the republic and long live France.feedback

Laurent Fabius

Chateaubriand wrote a formula that fully makes sense: 'To be a man of his country, one must be a man of his times.feedback

Jens Weidmann - Deutsche Bundesbank

The strengthening economic development in the euro zone and the robust outlook make a normalisation (of monetary policy) conceivable. The election victory of Macron gives a chance that the euro zone economy gets an additional momentum.feedback

Joanna Trollope

I got comments from people all the time about it, but it was nothing to do with anybody except the two of us. I see the same happening now with the Macrons [the French president-elect Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, who is 24 years his senior].feedback

Jocelyn Evans

With internet polling, the expectation is that the social desirability bias should drop off. There are simply a lot more people happy to click 'Le Pen' rather than say it.feedback

Bruno Jeanbart - Opinionway

Before 2007 it was very difficult to find them in the polls–they didn't want to say it. After 2007 and the fact that Jean-Marie Le Pen retired and let Marine Le Pen be the candidate, it was easier. It was not perfect, but easier.feedback

Francois Bayrou

I think that we have made progress and we have built a solid and balanced accord.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We, being responsible people, are open to discussions. I am not closing any doors.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

To those who have voted for me to bar the National Front, I know it's not a blank cheque. I am aware of our disagreements. To those who voted for Le Pen, they have expressed anger and disarray. I will do everything so that they no longer have any reasons to vote for the extremes.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

There are those who want to stop us, who are ready to do anything.feedback

Joseph Harker

Of course he has flaws, but this is a straight fight between five more years of Theresa May, and a genuinely progressive Labour manifesto. There’s no contest. The election of Emmanuel Macron was met with relief by liberals and progressives across Britain. Not that they were necessarily in love with all the ex-banker’s policies, but it meant that at least France, and Europe, was saved from a hard rightwinger whose election would have sowed division and inflamed tensions.feedback

Roger Cohen - The New York Times

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64? Yes.feedback

Christine Macel

Not all art should be about politics. It's only one dimension.feedback

Richard Ferrand

We have chosen 214 men and 214 women, 52 % of them come from civil society and have never held elected office of any sort, so the promise of political renewal has been kept.feedback

Michael Sapin

The majority takes action and I don't' think there's any contradiction between what a right-wing party working with a left-wing president. The elections will be held and it's possible that the right will have a majority. But in any case, we've already experienced cohabitation twice. It didn't stop things working. France has a solid base, and the president can take advantage of that. There isn't enough growth yet or enough job creation to bring down unemployment, but the economy is on a sound footing now. Companies have room for manoeuvre and private investment is more dynamic.feedback

Michael Sapin

At beginning of our fivw-year term, the president, the prime minister and the finance minister at the time, Mr Pierre Moscovici, were obsessed by unity in the euro zone, and rightly so. They were facing a crisis that was less visible than the great crisis of 2008. But it could have brought down the euro zone. To tackle the crisis, they had to bring down deficit quickly and so they put up taxes, perhaps too sharply. Political effects were felt by many as well as by companies faced with higher taxes.feedback

Michael Sapin

Without the euro, Germany, France and Italy wouldn't be able to manage in an era of globalization.feedback

Mihir Kapadia - Sun Global Investments

It was a case of buy the rumour and sell the fact in the markets. Markets had run up in anticipation of a Macron victory but investors sold into it and French (and European) stocks and the Euro were unable to maintain their momentum. Therefore overall, a slightly disappointing start to the new week following the positive outcome of the French election.feedback

Francois Hollande

Politics is the life of France, politics represents the essential choices for the country and so no-one can put themselves aside from that.feedback

Sven Henrich

It's not unusual for a gap or two not to get filled, but in this particular case, we've seen one gap after another not getting filled. In fact, we've got 17 gaps now [dating back to 2016, including leading up to] the French election a couple weeks back, for example, and that basically implies that a lot of this price action has not been traded during market hours. From our perspective, as we move higher in price, it provides an opportunity to sell this market, especially with volatility being so low.feedback

Jack Posobiec

Actually the guy from Le Monde was standing right here and was like 'I know who you are'. I was like, OK, well you guys wrote about me, that's fine. Have a nice day, you guys can write whatever you want in your newspaper.feedback

Manuel Valls

I will be a candidate for the presidential majority and I wish to join the list [of candidates] of his movement. This Socialist Party is dead, it is behind us. I want Emmanuel Macron to succeed.feedback

Christophe Castaner

In government, you will see that a lot of the inner circle will drop out. I was among the first to say 'why not a prime minister from the right'? That's in the nature of what we are trying to do ... It's tough ... especially for the longest-serving ones.feedback

Guillaume Tabard - Le Figaro

Valls' fate is nothing but a symbol to tell everyone from the Left or Right: 'Don't count on us to save you.feedback

Benoit Hamon

As of today, he (Valls) does not fit the criteria that would allow the investiture committee to take him on. Our job is not to recycle.feedback

Sylvie Goulard

In my opinion, you can't expect big policy changes from Germany regardless of who wins.feedback

Sylvie Goulard

My concern is what happens here, not there. The best way to convince the Germans is not to start by discussing grand visions for Europe.feedback

Florence Gaub - European Union Institute for Security Studies

If Macron manages to stop the populist tsunami, he'll be rewarded by his European counterparts. He'll be able to make some demands that other French Presidents could not. Because everyone needs him to be a success, and if it stops with France, maybe it stops forever.feedback

Stefan Lehne - European Union

More than 40 per cent of French voters opted for anti-European populist parties in the first round.feedback

Constanze Stelzenmüller

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential elections and a conservative upset win in a bellwether German regional election, both on Sunday, have produced an unexpected third winner: Angela Merkel.feedback

Norbert Röttgen

If we can get economic reforms in France, it will be worth paying a price in terms of allowing greater economic flexibility [in the eurozone].feedback

Janis Emmanouilidis

If you see it now from the German perspective, there's huge relief in Berlin that he became president but there still is a certain degree of fear that he won't be able to reform his own country.feedback

Sylvie Goulard

Each of the partners has to take its responsibility. We have to take ours and they have to take theirs.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Whoever launches reforms [as Mr Macron plans] should not at the same time be forced into strict fiscal austerity.feedback

John Waldron

There was enormous optimism coming out of the election in the United States ... We certainly got off to a slower start in January and February than we would have expected. As the markets chew through some of the challenges out there, whether it's the French election, some of the policy issues in the United States ... you're seeing, I think, optimism build and more activity coming into our backlog. There's no question if we were to get some more deregulation across the United States, we would see more opportunities for dealmaking.feedback

Johan Hufnagel

We don't have a Fox News in France. There's no broadcaster with a wide audience and personalities who build this up and try to use it for their own agendas. French voters didn't want to get into that game. They were mentally prepared after Trump and Brexit and the Russians, even if it's not clear they're behind it.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

We have a special problem with France. I am extremely Francophile, but the French spend too much money. And they spend it in the wrong places. This will not work over time.feedback

Neera Tanden

His vision for reform addressed the fact that government should be responsive to citizens equally.feedback

Ernie Cecilia

With the French election, I think it's not so much about Macron winning, but rather Le Pen losing.feedback

Stephen Roach

It would have been a horrific, one-off bloodbath that probably would have lasted more than a few days. It takes a disaster scenario out of the equation which of course would have been a Le Pen victory and a dismantling of the euro zone as we know it. This still doesn't change the fundamental, difficult problems that Europe has and figuring out how to grow again, how to be competitive and be an active participant in a global economy which has left Europe behind.feedback

Stephen Roach

We [U.S.] still have a much more innovative, competitive, thriving economic construct than Europe does. Despite this victory for Macron, we're really dealing with a flawed economic currency zone, and it has a lot of banking and competitiveness issues. They have yet to be addressed.feedback

Donald J. Trump

She's the strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France. Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders will do well in the election. Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

There is no easy solution to the migrant crisis. If there was one, it would have been found.feedback

Bernard Cazeneuve

It would send a signal to people smugglers and would lead migrants to flow to Calais in far greater numbers. A humanitarian disaster would ensue.feedback

Xavier Bertrand

The days when the French handled the whole burden and the British signed a cheque are over. To date, the means they have put into it have been largely cosmetic, that has to stop.feedback

Alain Dehaze - Adecco

We know that one of his short-term key priorities is to continue to reform the labour code, allowing companies to have more flexibility and clarity when they need to hire or lay off. This should drive competitiveness and at the end fuel job creation.feedback

Alain Dehaze - Adecco

We know that France needs to become much more competitive if they want to attract investment - this about cost (and) this is for sure also about flexibility and Macron is intending to work on both. We will see what the parliamentary elections will give, because that is also a very important moment but I would say the direction is good for us.feedback

Angela Merkel

German support cannot replace French policymaking. Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also of very many people in Germany and in the whole of Europe… (but) I don't see why – as a priority – we should change our policy.feedback

Vladimir Putin

The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a difficult time for Europe and the whole world community. In these conditions it is especially important to overcome mutual mistrust and unite efforts to ensure international stability and security.feedback

Richard Ferrand

It has decided that the En Marche movement must evolve in order to achieve its goal.feedback

Nicolas Bay

It is a mutation of our movement which must take into account the change of the electoral dimension. The Front National is a tool that will evolve to be more efficient, bring even more people together after the number of voters we reached last night.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

In light of the presidential campaign in France and the debates led during the campaign, let me stress this: I regard the criticism of our high trade surplus as wrong. We don't need to feel ashamed of being successful. Our exports are the result of good work done here in the country.feedback

Damien Coffinet

Macron talks about economic reforms and investing more in job training. The changes won't come easy, but I see a rosier future.feedback

Antoine Dion

Macron is going to set up harmful policies for employment, and he wants to move jobs offshore, to cheaper countries. With Macron, everybody will be able to hire and fire easily – those are the ultraliberal values we are forced to adopt.feedback

Denis Arnoult

We are at a turning point. If Macron doesn't succeed, we'll have more populism when the next presidential election comes around.feedback

Françoise Horiot

Macron has so much to do, both at the national and European level. We have to go through the same process as a giant like Airbus, but we're a small company. The labor code and E.U. regulations are not adapted for small companies.feedback

Angela Merkel

German support cannot replace French policymaking. I don't see why–as a priority–we should change our policy.feedback

David Wearing

Emmanuel Macron has condemned France’s behaviour in Algeria. Until Britain is similarly honest about its history, we will still think in terms of “us” and “them”Both Ukip and Theresa May trumpeted their anti-immigrant credentials yesterday, with fresh and not-so-fresh policies for the election. Hostility to foreigners is now an established theme in the UK’s political discourse, partly because it has deep cultural roots. But there may be something we can learn from Emmanuel Macron about how this problem can be addressed.feedback

David Moss

Both consumers and businesses become more confident and willing to spend and invest in Europe. With attractive valuations relative to other markets, especially the US, the issue restraining European markets and global investors from increasing allocations has been political. Sunday's result removes the majority of the restraints we have seen.feedback

Manuel Valls

The old parties are dying, or are already dead. I'm not living with regrets. I want Emmanuel Macron, his government and his majority to succeed, for France. I will be a candidate in the presidential majority and I wish to join up to his movement, the Republic on the Move.feedback

John Nichols - The Nation

This election was not really about Macron. It was about the threat posed by a far-right fantasy that never ends well.feedback

Scott Redler

Most traders went long into the weekend thinking we'd get some upside follow through. Basically, Europe opened higher, and took profits. I think it was too widely expected [Emmanuel] Macron was going to win.feedback

Angela Merkel

Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also many in Germany and across Europe.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I want to put the Le Touquet border deal back on the table. It must be renegotiated, especially the parts that deal with the fate of isolated child migrants.feedback

Iain Duncan Smith

This agreement makes it possible for them to disperse the migrants. It's all bluster and puff - it [Le Touquet] suited them, and it suited us.feedback

Iain Duncan Smith

We forget Sangatte was a nightmare for the Labour Government until they did a deal.feedback

Norihiro Fujito - Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities

Political risks in Europe were one of the biggest risks of the year, but with Macron winning the French election, such risks have receded so they are seen buying back.feedback

Todd Gordon

Everybody was expecting a pretty bullish move in the euro following the election; well, it seems we have a little bit of resistance in play here. Now we can lean against that as resistance. This guy's clearly broken uptrend support right around the $23 region, so miners are looking weak. We're seeing, following the French election, this euro rally running out of steam and giving some support to the dollar. That story is being corroborated by the commodity ETFs.feedback

Aurélien Lechevallier

We will have a doctrine of retaliation when it comes to Russian cyberattacks or any other kind of attacks. This means we are ready to retaliate against cyberattacks - not only in kind but also with any other conventional measure or security tool.feedback

Charles Kupchan

If our societies continue to stumble because we have a large segment of disaffected voters, Russia might be able to undermine the system that we built. In many respects the best way to deal with Russia is getting our own house in order.feedback

Ben Nimmo

In French terms, the alt-right and the far right overestimated the affect you can achieve through social media. I don't for a moment think that the game is over and I don't think for a moment that the Russian disinformation campaign has admitted defeat.feedback

Andre Bakhos - Janlyn Capital

The [French election] results came in as expected and the market had already factored that in.feedback

Jean-Pierre Rioux

He is assured some gravity because of the office of president. One can imagine that he will be a president less commemorative, if I may say so, than his predecessor. François Hollande made a very public point of commemorating everything. I would even say that he did a great job in terms of keep the historic memory alive in all sorts of domains.feedback

Jean-Pierre Rioux

There's a fundamental sanction. If his five-year term was positive, he would have stood again as a candidate, but that is not the case. What can be imagined according to Macron's program, the Macron project, etc., and the electoral campaign itself, we can still assume that Emmanuel Macron will have a more active and hopeful European policy than that of François Hollande.feedback

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

The new president has been elected. Courtesy, and love for our democracy, demand that we duly note this, without dithering, and that we present him our best wishes. May our nation's sense of destiny inhabit you, Mister President, and may the thought of the misfortunate–without rights, without roofs, without work–obsess you. May France find its satisfaction. But better that we see to it ourselves.feedback

Maria Malas-Mroueh - Fitch Ratings

If En Marche! falls short of an absolute majority, Macron could still be able to implement much of his policy agenda through securing a coalition agreement with another party, or governing as a minority with ad hoc support for different aspects of his programme.feedback

Maria Malas-Mroueh - Fitch Ratings

But this could make passing reforms more difficult if alliance-building leads to protracted negotiations or political compromises. If voting in the legislative election were to mirror the first-round presidential result, a fragmented parliament would emerge with gains for Le Pen's National Front and Jean-Luc Melenchon's far-left platform. A scenario of 'cohabitation' could ensue if the Republican Party were to win a parliamentary majority, making it more difficult for Macron to enact his programme.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

France will continue to contribute constructively in solve our common challenges.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Now French also have to move towards others. There is no high speed train moving towards Paris while we are going to pick up everything that the French leadership has defined as a matter of their own.feedback

Theresa May

Macron "was elected with a strong mandate, which he can take with him as a strong position in the [Brexit] negotiations.feedback

Raphael Garine

He needs to cool down. If he wants to continue the reckless policies of the past five years we will take to the streets to demonstrate.feedback

Angela Merkel

We should wait to see what ideas and wishes the new president expresses. German support can't replace French policies.feedback

Angela Merkel

Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of people in France as well as people in Germany and across Europe. His election campaign was brave and pro-Europe. He stands for cosmopolitanism and social market economy and we know that Germany and France are bound together historically.feedback

Theresa May

Yesterday a French president was elected. He was elected with a strong mandate which he can take as a strong position in the negotiations. The UK, we need to ensure we've got an equally strong mandate and an equally strong negotiating position. Every vote for me and my team will strengthen my hand in those Brexit negotiations.feedback

Todd Hedtke - Allianz

From a capital markets perspective, this was the favored outcome and different from the Brexit vote or the US election in that the polls had it right. Overall, the outcome of this event reduces uncertainty in Europe and paves the way for positive developments in the future.feedback

Michael Jeuga

We can only hope that France seizes its chance. It's a new way of working, it's a bit different to the right- and left-wing politics we normally have ... Now we have the legislative elections and it will be a bit complicated to really change something.feedback

Benjamin Boss

Now we have a person who really wants progress, so it's absolutely exceptional.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

Knowing all of this the new French President may well find that winning was the easy bit. It's all well and good running on a ticket of cutting 120,000 public sector jobs, a 60bn euros cut in public spending and a lowering of the unemployment rate to 7%, it will be another getting it through the French parliament.feedback

Stefan Kornelius - Süddeutsche Zeitung

To be competitive again, France has to reform and kick-start its economy, and the big question is whether Germany and Merkel can help. There will be encouragement but no quick prize for Macron. Just pouring money into those stagnating economies is something she's refused to do for eight years, and she won't change now.feedback

Céline Pigalle

The good news is that there was an attempt at destabilization that didn't work. It denies the world as it exists today, when social media don't stop. What happens now is that we'll dive into the hacking and the documents at the same time.feedback

Florian Philippot

Will Macron leaks teach us things that investigative journalism deliberately killed? It's shocking, this shipwreck of democracy.feedback

Mike Ingram - BGC Partners

I think the next crisis in the eurozone or the European Union is very definitely over Brexit. Of course Macron's victory will embolden the ardent europhiles and the federalists. And of course Emmanuel Macron himself has voiced a desire to give Britain a particularly hard time in Brexit negotiations.feedback

Robert Halver - Baader Bank

Macron has a massive amount to do. The French malaise is massive. The French economy needs much more than a bit of a surface makeover. What's required is major surgery. Reforms hurt and it's clear that a lot of people in France won't be happy with the reforms.feedback

Theresa May

As for Le Touquet agreement, actually it works for the benefit of both the UK and France. Obviously the government elected after the 8 June will be sitting down and talking to Monsieur Macron and others about how that system we have works for the benefit of France as well as the benefit of the UK. Yesterday a new French president was elected. He was elected with a strong mandate which he can take as a strong position into the negotiations. I think it is important that we continue, and we will continue, to say that we do want to bring net migration down to sustainable levels.feedback

Marc A. Thiessen

It is a mistake to read the French election as a rejection of Trump or his agenda.feedback

Sylvain Brouard

Certainly the supporters of Mélenchon wanted to show they were the opposition, that they weren't aligned with Macron like everyone else.feedback

Sylvain Brouard

Voters knew Macron would win and didn't want to legitimize him more than was necessary.feedback

Marta Lorimer

There are a huge number of people who don't feel represented by either of the two candidates. This is not the story of rise and decline of populism, as so many people say it is. What we're looking at here is the complete fragmentation of France. More than just expressing the fact that the alternative to Le Pen is not very likeable, voting blank or spoiling the ballot undermines the future president from the beginning.feedback

Sylvain Brouard

Clearly the context has changed. There was a large strong, mobilization against Jean-Marie Le Pen, no one was making a case for abstention or spoiled votes.feedback