France seems, at least for now, protected against sweeping waves of electoral misinformation.
The newly re-elected president said that French voters have chosen "a clear and explicit project for the future."
Macron's decisive victory and German vacillation give the president a window to seize control of directing European support for Ukraine.
Police are shown in videos charging against protesters and using tear gas to clear areas.
Le Pen is projected to have received 42 percent of the vote, marking the largest percentage of support her far-right party has ever seen in a French election.
Macron became the first French president to win reelection in 20 years in a high-stakes contest for Europe.
The closely-watched election has significant consequences for France and Europe as a whole.
The French are voting in a presidential runoff election on April 24 to decide whether to give Macron a second term or elect his far-right challenger.
Polls show Macron is still on course for victory in the second round of the country's presidential election.
Marine Le Pen avoided the debate failures that derailed her 2017 campaign, positioning her better this year to take on Macron than five years ago.
"You are speaking to your banker when you speak of Russia, that's the problem," Macron told Le Pen during a presidential debate on Wednesday.
"Russia's invasion and attack on Ukraine is unacceptable," Le Pen said during the presidential debate on Wednesday.
"We must support all possible diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire and impose peace on Russia so that Ukraine regains its full sovereignty," Le Pen wrote.
"I believe that it's potentially a great danger," Le Pen said in regard to an alliance between Russia and China.
Prosecutors are examining a report by the European Union's fraud agency accusing the far-right candidate of misusing public funds while serving in the European Parliament.
The far-right challenger faces President Emmanuel Macron in a runoff vote to decide France's next leader on April 24.
Students, disgruntled by the choice offered of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, occupied the campus of Paris' Sorbonne University.
Millions of French leftists could tip the second round of the presidential election either to the incumbent or his far-right challenger.
Le Pen has successfully broadened her support base among those aged 35 to 59 by focusing on the issues these voters most care about.
In 2017, Le Pen was pictured with Vladimir Putin, but she has since attempted to distance herself from him and has condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Polls suggest that Macron will face far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the crucial runoff election for a second time.
Since announcing his run, Zemmour has aimed for an unprecedented union of the different right-wing elements in France.
Demonization of liberals, rejection of the climate crisis, of science and scientific evidence have all become part and parcel of everyday conversation in Italy, Brazil, Hungary and beyond. They are here to stay.
The leader of France's far-right National Rally party attacked an American investment firm over its bid to control a French aeronautics company.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said she thought the "OK" sign was a "trivial gesture" when posing with a white ethnonationalist.