Emmanuel Macron has become France’s youngest ever president after initial results showed he had beaten Marine Le Pen by a commanding margin of 65 percent to 35 percent.
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- Macron wins by margin of 65% to 35%, estimates suggest
- Voter turnout set to be lowest since 1969
- At 5pm turnout was 65.4% (well down on 71.9% in 2012)
- Crowds starting to arrive at Louvre for Macron’s event
- High security at Vincennes for Le Pen’s election night event
- Result to be announced at 8pm
20:29 – World leaders congratulate Emmanuel Macron
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Al Jazeera writes:
Centrist candidate beats out far-right rival Marine Le Pen, according to projections published by French media.
Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union, according to early projections from five polling organisations showed.
The centrist’s emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain’s vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump’s election as US president.
The 39-year-old former investment banker, who served for two years as economy minister but has never previously held elected office, will now become France’s youngest leader since Napoleon with a promise to transcend outdated left-right divisions.
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