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Emmanuel Macron, 39, Becomes France’s Youngest President

  • Emmanuel Macron has become France’s new president at the age of 39 after beating far-right Marine Le Pen
  • According to the exit polls, Macron – a former banker – has won 65.5 per cent of the vote in the crucial election
  • Le Pen conceded just 15 minutes after the announcement and phoned Macron to congratulate him on his win
  • Voters in the country were under the watch of 50,000 security forces, guarding against a potential attack

The pro-EU politician Emmanuel Macron was tonight elected as France’s youngest ever president with a projected landslide of 65.5 per cent.

Macron, 39, beat far-right National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen, 48, in an election that will have widespread repercussions for the future of Europe.

An official preliminary result released at 8pm local time showed Macron received 65.5 per cent of the vote and had earned a clear 31-point victory over Le Pen.

Just 15 minutes after the exit polls were announced, Le Pen conceded and revealed she phoned Macron to ‘congratulate’ him on his election victory.

And at 11pm local time, Macron addressed thousands of his adoring supporters who had gathered at his election victory rally at the Louvre in central Paris.

He walked across the sprawling historic courtyard to the music of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’, the European Union anthem, and said: ‘Europe and the world are waiting for us to defend the spirit of the enlightenment everywhere.’

Addressing the jubilant crowd with a beaming smile, he said: ‘Thank you my friends. Thank you for being here tonight. You have fought with courage.

‘What we have done for so many months, everyone thought it was impossible, but they didn’t know France. I thank you for your trust. Thank you for the risk some have taken.’

Mr Macron also addressed those who had voted for Le Pen, telling the crowd: ‘They have expressed today anger.

‘I respect them and I will do everything in the five years that come for there to be no reason to vote for extremists. Today there are just the French. France reunited.’

Mr Macron repeatedly said the task before him was ‘immense’ adding that Europe and the world were looking to France. He added that he would work to ‘reform our Europe’.

Mr Macron said that France had ‘chosen audacity’ and promised to serve his country with ‘humility and strength’.

Source: dailymail.co.uk
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