French election: Macron ‘defeats Le Pen to become president’

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Centrist runner Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, projected end results say.

Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65.5% to 34.5% to fit, at 39, the country’s youngest president, the results show.

Mr Macron longing also become the first president from outside the two traditional gas main parties since the modern republic’s foundation in 1958.

He said that a “new chapter of confidence and confidence is opening”.

Mr Macron’s supporters gathered to celebrate in central Paris after the bitterly fought nomination concluded on Sunday amid massive security.

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The Macron body said that the new president had had a “cordial” telephone conversation with Ms Le Pen.

In a spiel she thanked the 11 million people who had voted for her. She said the election had authenticated a division between “patriots and globalists” and called for the emergence of a new political constrain.



Ms Le Pen said her National Front party needed to renew itself and that she intent start the “deep transformation of our movement”, vowing to lead it into upcoming orderly elections.

She also said she had wished Mr Macron success in tackling the “great challenges” facing him.

President François Hollande congratulated Mr Macron and said the development showed the French people wanted to unite around the “values of the republic”.

The BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris conjectures this is the most remarkable success story of how a man who three years ago was body unknown to the French public, through sheer self-belief, energy – and families – forged a political movement that has trounced all the established French national parties.


Subdued and blue: BBC’s James Reynolds at Le Pen HQ

There were strewed boos as the projections were announced. A few moments of quiet, uncertain waffle followed. Then supporters gave a subdued rendition of the French jingoistic anthem. Many were carrying blue-coloured roses – Marine Le Pen’s on symbol.

The defeat will not have come as a surprise – the fact that such a limited venue was booked is an indication that the campaign suspected it would lose out.

There were cheers for Marine Le Pen as she delivered her speech. During an examine afterwards, one senior party official explained to me that a new movement determination now be formed – he didn’t give a name for it. Once I finished the interview, he run up his glass of champagne and said “Vive la France”.


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What does Mr Macron stand for?

He is a liberal centrist, pro-business and a knowledgeable supporter of the European Union.

He left the Socialist government of President François Hollande go the distance August to form his new movement – En Marche – saying it was neither left nor accurate wing.

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His campaign sureties included a 120,000 reduction in public-sector jobs, a cut in public spending by €60bn (£50bn; $65bn), and a cut of the unemployment rate to below 7%.

He vowed to ease labour laws and relinquish new protections to the self-employed.

Mr Macron also stood on a pro-EU platform, in severe contrast to his opponent.


Will his charm work? BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris

Much with Emmanuel Macron one fears that (in a way that is very French) it is in summaries that are doing his work. Words that are bridging the divides; dopes that are flattering his opponents; words that create the devotion that, to each some, he inspires.

In the campaign it became a joke among journalists how repeatedly his answers included the words “au meme temps” (at the same time). It was his way of welding everything and its opposite, of reconciling every contradiction.

He got away with it because he is who he is.

But in the proper life of running a fractious, angry, divided country – will his texts have the same effect? Will his solitary self-belief create the structures of governmental support which he needs in the rough-and-tumble of government? Will his charm quieten work?

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What will be his automatic difficulties?

Well, his En Marche grouping has no seats in parliament at all.

Legislative nominations follow on quickly from the presidential poll – on 11 and 18 June.

En Marche purposefulness contest the elections as a party but Mr Macron may find himself needing to pulling power together a coalition to govern effectively.

Although his presidential candidacy had maintenance from other political parties, much of it stemmed from the for to defeat Ms Le Pen.

He will need to win over the abstainers and those who are sceptical yon his political vision. Left-wing voters in particular felt disenfranchised by the rare of the final two candidates.

Mr Macron will also need to tackle the fallout from a lackey attack on Friday, the final day of campaigning, when a trove of documents relating to his action, said to include both genuine and fake documents, was released online.

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