Macron defeats Le Pen in French election

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Emmanuel Macron has won five more years as France’s president after a convincing victory over rival Marine Le Pen, who secured the far right’s highest share of the vote yet.

The centrist leader who won by 58.55% to 41.45%, told jubilant supporters at the foot of the Eiffel Tower that now the election was over he would be a “president for all”.

He also promised to address the “anger and the disagreements” that led to many French voters choosing the extreme right, saying “this will be my responsibility and that of those around me”.

“No one in France will be left by the wayside,” he continued, pledging to be a “president for all”.

“An answer must be found to the anger and disagreements that led many of our compatriots to vote for the extreme right,” Mr Macron said in his victory speech. “It will be my responsibility and that of those around me.”

Macron is the first French president to win a second term in 20 years, but Le Pen’s result also marks the closest the far right has ever come to taking power in France and has revealed a deeply divided nation.

Despite her loss,  Le Pen, said her significant vote share still marked a victory.




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