won the first round of France's presidential race, but centrist Emmanuel Macron will be leaving the champagne on ice for now. Emerging on Monday to begin two weeks of heavy campaigning before the country returns to the ballot box on May 7th. Reuters European Politics Editor Mark John, says Macron needs to gain the support of at least 25% more voters.
>> Preferably closer to 40% of the votes as to actually back him so that he wins a resounding victory against Marine Le Pen in the second round>> And it was interesting, you could actually see he already started doing that with his speech last night. When he, very specifically, mentioned by name all of the other candidates in the first round, which is a very clear gesture that he wanted their votes.
>> There's still a sense that the 39 year old is untested, and rival, Marine Le Pen, and her National Front party will be attacking strongly. Aiming to paint her inexperienced opponent as a member of the elite, and taking him to task on his pro-immigration stance, saying he's soft on security and terrorism.
Even if he is elected, Macron lacks his own party. Needing to work out how to build a majority in Parliament so he can fulfill some of the ambitious reform points in his manifesto.>> And it could well be that he has to appoint ministers from other parties. Even the Prime Minister doesn't actually come from the same political grouping as he does.
So, somehow he's got to forge a new centrist consensus from what essentially are the kind of the car crash of this election. Which has really destroyed the two main stream parties for now at least.>> An Opinionway poll sees the former economy minister beating Le Pen in a runoff vote by 61% to 39.
If correct, Macron will still need to go on to produce results. Hoping to tackle unemployment and social exclusion, and calm the populist wave.