French election: Macron defeats Le Pen to become president

2017/5/7 22:59:12

<Macron supporters celebrate outside the Louvre in Paris


From BBC News:


Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, projected results say.


Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65.5% to 34.5% to become, at 39, the country's youngest president, the results show.


Mr Macron will also become the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic's foundation in 1958.


He said that a new page was being turned in French history.


"I want it to be a page of hope and trust," he said.


Mr Macron said he had heard "the rage, anxiety and doubt that a lot of you have expressed" and vowed to spend his five years in office "fighting the forces of divisions that undermine France".


He said he would "guarantee the unity of the nation and... defend and protect Europe."

Mr Macron's supporters gathered to celebrate in central Paris after the bitterly fought election concluded on Sunday amid massive security.


The Macron team said that the new president had had a "cordial" telephone conversation with Ms Le Pen.



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