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Macron Defeats Le Pen For French Presidency

Macron Defeats Le Pen For French Presidency

Neither Mr Macron, 39, nor Ms Le Pen had been elected to public office while Mr Macron does have ministerial experience as minister of the economy in the Socialist-led government until his resignation past year.

"I lived the election of Donald Trump in NY, and now finally, after Brexit, after Trump, populism has been beaten in France", Macron supporter Pierre-Yves Colinet said at the Louvre party.

Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, smiles before voting in the second round of 2017 French presidential election.

Having won the presidency, Mr Macron now faces another stiff test.

Le Pen's projected 35 percent score was lower than her polling numbers earlier in the campaign.

In a speech that was most likely written in anticipation of defeat to Emmanuel Macron and his En Marche! movement, Ms Le Pen vowed on Sunday evening to transform the Front National for the parliamentary elections in June.

Macron, who has never held elective office, is set to become the youngest president in modern French history.

But many French voters backed Mr Macron reluctantly, not because they agree with his politics but simply to keep out Ms Le Pen and her far-right National Front.

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Even if opinion polls prove accurate and France elects its youngest president ever rather than its first female leader, Macron himself has said himself he expects no honeymoon period. I want to address my opponent, Marine Le Pen.

To the tune of the European anthem and with a decisive victory secured, France's President-elect Emmanuel Macron greeted thousands of supporters outside Paris's Louvre museum.

Macron, who topped the first round of the election on April 23, is the runaway favorite however, with polls giving him a lead of more than 20 points over Le Pen. She placed third in 2012, underscoring a growing acceptance for her fierce anti-immigration, France-first nationalism among disgruntled voters.

"France will be at the forefront of the fight against terrorism", he said.

"I suggest we begin a profound transformation of our movement to create a new political force", she said, adding: "I call on all patriots to join us".

Mr Macron will need more than rhetoric to achieve this.

The president is elected in a direct ballot of the country's 47.58 million registered voters.

Le Pen, 48, had portrayed the ballot as a contest between Macron and the "globalists" - in favour of open trade, immigration and shared sovereignty - and her "patriotic" vision of strong borders and national identities. The EU's future status was not mentioned in the White House statement.

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As well as capitalizing on voter rejection of the left-right monopoly on power, Macron also got lucky.

Other leaders, such as Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French Prime Minister Cazeneuve, Denmark Prime Minister Lars Lokke, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the former French Prime Minister Francois Hollande, heralded the win as a positive sign for both France and Europe.

Macron takes charge of a nation that, when Britain leaves the European Union in 2019, will become the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

"We look forward to working with the new president and continuing our close cooperation with the French government", the White House said.

Macron is expected to keep up French military operations against extremists in Iraq and Syria and Africa's Sahel region, and maintain pressure on Russian Federation over Ukraine and support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Forecasts proved accurate for the presidential election's first round last month, and markets have risen in response to Macron's widening lead over his rival after a bitter television debate on Wednesday.

But the vote also showed that France's 67 million people are deeply divided, riven by anxieties about terrorism and chronic unemployment, anxious about the cultural and economic impact of immigration and fearful of France's ability to compete against giants like China and Google. The French are riven by anxieties about terrorism and chronic unemployment, anxious about the cultural, economic and religious impact of immigration and fear France's ability to compete against giants like China and Google.

His proposed remedies include both economic reforms and his own infectious, upbeat optimism that France need not resign itself to continuing economic and social decline, especially as part of an European Union competing together against other powers. France's government cybersecurity agency, ANSSI, is investigating. Macron was declared the victor based on early vote counts by the French Interior Ministry.

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