PARIS French President-elect Emmanuel Macron told a victory rally on Sunday that it was essential to build up a parliamentary majority in order to carry out much-needed changes for France.
Macron addressed thousands of supporters in front of Paris' Louvre museum, taking to the stage to European Union anthem Ode to Joy.
"I will do all I can during the next five years so that no-one ever has a reason again to vote for extremes," said Macron, referring to those who had voted for far-right Front National candidate Marine Le Pen.
"Our task is huge. It will require us to build, from tomorrow onwards, a real majority, a strong majority. This majority to carry out change is what the country is hoping for and what the country deserves," said Macron, who now needs to focus on getting a majority in the lower house of parliament at elections in June.
Macron also said he would look to serve France by remaining true to the Republic's principles of "Liberty, Egality and Fraternity."
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Mathieu Rosemain and Sarah White; Editing by Geert De Clercq)