Emmanuel Macron defeats Le Pen to win French presidential election

08 May 2017, 12:22 AM
Emmanuel Macron defeats Le Pen
Emmanuel Macron defeats Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron has been elected as the president of France,  by winning 65.1 percent of the vote to defeat far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

39-year-old centrist, Emmanuel Macron who is set to be the youngest President of France, termed his victory as a new chapter of 'hope' for France.

“A new chapter in our long history begins tonight. I want it to be one of hope and renewed confidence, ” Macron told AFP after winning the historic French election.

According to estimates, Macron won between 65.5 and 66.1 percent of the vote ahead of far-right Marine Le Pen on between 33.9 percent and 34.5 percent.

After the winning French vote, Macron has a 'cordial' call with his counterpart Le Pen.

German Finance Minister has hailed Macron win keeping France ‘at heart of Europe.’

The win of Macron would plunge the EU into a fresh crisis as during the campaign, the Front National figurehead had pledged to close borders and withdraw France from the euro zone and scrap trade treaties. 

First Published: Monday, May 08, 2017 12:13 AM
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