Centrist Emmanuel Macron beats far-right Marine Le Pen to the French presidency, winning about 65% of the vote, according to a projection by Kantar Public One Point-TF1-RTL.
According to BFM Television, the independent centrist is leading 65.9% to 34.1% over far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has tweeted his congratulations to Macron, adding that he is “happy that the French have chosen a European future.”
Meanwhile, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, posted: “Congratulations @EmmanuelMacron. Congratulations to French people for choosing Liberty, Equality and Fraternity over tyranny of fake news.”
Macron is staunchly pro-European.
Throughout the campaign he promised to put France back at the heart of the EU and to defend the bloc’s single market.
Marine Le Pen has told supporters that she has called Macron to congratulate him, saying the French have chosen for continuity. In her speech, she said her party, the National Front, must begin a new campaign after the result.
“We have to renew our forces at this historic event,” she said. “I propose we embark on a completely new phase for our party, which the French want and is absolutely necessary … I urge all my supporters to commit to this campaign.”
Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel is one of the first leaders to take to Twitter to send his best wishes to Macron following the exit estimates.
Macron, France’s youngest President ever
CNN’s Jim Bittermann describes the atmosphere in Paris as “electric,” pointing out that if initial estimates are correct, Macron will be the youngest President France has ever had at 39 years old, which is an incredible rise to power given that one year ago he wasn’t being registered in polls.
He added: “It’s an amazing thing not lost on this crowd at all! Marine Le Pen did much poorer than expected … abstentions were very high but low turnout seems to have favored Macron and not Le Pen as was expected.”
Source: BBC, CNN