French Election: Centrist Emmanuel Macron Wins Presidency over Marine Le Pen

Centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.


At 39, Macron will be France's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte.


"I called Emmanuel Macron tonight to congratulate him warmly on his election as President of the Republic," current President Francois Hollande said in a statement.


Hollande said the large margin of victory confirmed that a majority of citizens had rallied around "the values of the Republic" and affirmed their support for the European Union.


As of early Monday morning local time in Paris, Macron had won 64.78 percent of the vote while Le Pen had earned 35.22 percent, according to the French Ministry of the Interior.


"After a long democratic battle, you have decided to give me your trust, I am very grateful," Macron said in a speech from his headquarters about an hour after his victory was first projected.


Macron vowed to address his country's "social fractures" and said he knew what had "pushed people" to vote for the extreme.


"Tonight, and over the next five years, I will serve France in your name with humility, devotion and determination," he said.


Later, speaking to a cheering crowd of thousands in front of the iconic Louvre Museum in Paris, Macron said that what his supporters had accomplished "does not have a precedent or an equivalent."


"Everybody was telling us that it would be impossible — but they didn't know France," Macron declared.


Still, the president-elect acknowledged the "immense" task ahead of him. He also thanked those who voted for him who may not share his political ideas, but who did so "to defend the Republic from extremism."


"I know where we do not agree, I will respect these differences in opinion, but I will be loyal to the commitments I have taken will defend the Republic," he said.


"I will serve you in a way that is loyal to the trust that you have placed in me and I will serve you with love," Macron said, closing his speech to more cheers and applause.


French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced Macron's win in a statement minutes after the last polls closed, according to the Associated Press.


Cazeneuve said that the vote "testifies to the lucidity of the voters who rejected the deadly project of the extreme right" and represented an embrace of the European Union.


Follow the link to see the source article published by NBC News May 7, 2017.



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