Emmanuel Macron elected French president

09:13 • 08.05.17



Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, BBC News reports.


Mr Macron won by 66.06% to 33.94% to become, at 39, the country's youngest president.


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 renewed 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 division that undermine France".


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


His mention of Ms Le Pen drew loud boos, and he said he would do all he could to ensure in future there would be no reason to vote for extremism.


Security remains tight in the capital and there were reports of police firing tear gas at several hundred anti-capitalist protesters near the Ménilmontant metro in the 20th arrondissement.


In her speech, she thanked the estimated 11 million people who had voted for her. She said the election had shown a division between "patriots and globalists" and called for the emergence of a new political force.


Ms Le Pen said her National Front party needed to renew itself and that she would start the "deep transformation of our movement", vowing to lead it into upcoming parliamentary elections.


She also said she had wished Mr Macron success in tackling the "huge challenges" facing him.





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