Emmanuel Macron, the passionately pro-European Union politician, has been 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 analysts said would have widespread repercussions for the future of Europe.
Consequently, Macron, on Sunday, emerged Frances’s youngest president of all time, erasing Louis Napoleon Bonaparte’s record.
An official preliminary result released at 8:00 p.m. France’s local time showed the 65.5 per cent vote for Mr Macron, meaning a clear victory over Le Pen, on 34.5 per cent.
Just 15 minutes after the exit polls were announced, Le Pen revealed she phoned Macron to ‘congratulate’ him on his election victory, Mail on Sunday said..
She had hoped that the surprise election of populist firebrand Donald Trump in United States, and the Brexit result in the United Kingdom (UK), would favour her hardline opposition to the EU, globalisation and immigration.
But instead it was Macron who was preparing for a victory celebration in front of crowds of supporters outside the Louvre in central Paris.