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That is, Le Pen took a fringe group - the National Front - to the biggest political stage in the country and got 35 percent of the vote, putting fiery populism squarely in the mainstream for years to come, The Atlantic reported.

French voters have traditionally rallied around the newly elected president in the general election held weeks later.

Mr. Macron has become one of the most powerful leaders in Europe and carrying on political and economic reforms agenda for France as well as for the Europe.

Macron, 39, founded his centrist En Marche (On The Move) movement of mostly political neophytes just a year ago on a promise to inject new blood into France's discredited political class.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said it was a "victory for a strong and united Europe" and the two had a "very warm" telephone call after his victory was announced, Macron's team said.

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"This majority for change is what the country wants and what it deserves", Macron told supporters on Sunday.

Claiming a "massive" result of 10.64 million votes - a record for the FN - she promised "a profound transformation" of the party to grow its appeal.

Although the National Front can count on a loyal base, it has only two seats in the current Lower House of Parliament, and a poll last week predicted the party would win only around 15 to 25 seats in next month's elections.

"If Macron fails, then the next president will be Marine Le Pen and we need to prevent this at all costs", he added.

His party chief, Richard Ferrand, said on Monday Macron's 'En Marche!' (Forward!) movement would change its name to "En Marche la Republique" or "Republic on the Move", so as to structure itself more like a traditional party.

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"The resistance of the right is the main danger for Macron", said Braud.

"[Le Pen] will not be able to have many lawmakers at the legislative elections because she does not have any allies (except for [Nicolas] Dupont-Aignant) and lost her credibility", di Borgo said.

Republicans vice-president Laurent Wauquiez emphasised Macron's vulnerability, noting he had been a grudging choice of president for many voters, who backed him only to block Le Pen.

"The high abstention rate, despite the threat of the far-right, is a sign already of dissatisfaction with the new president", it said in an editorial.

Macron won the presidency with 66 percent of votes cast for a candidate.

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