Paris, France, May 9, 2017 / 13:19 pm
After Emmanuel Macron won the presidential elections in France, the head of the country's bishops urged the new leader to help alleviate local woes such as unemployment and political division.
"Macron's election was significant...we have to wish him success for the good of our country," Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseilles said.
"Tensions are such...the changes, the uncertainties are such that he must succeed."
On May 7, 39-year-old centrist Macron beat Marine Le Pen, the far right candidate of the National Front party with 66 percent of the vote.