Macron wins French presidential election

Caithlin Ng 7 May 2017

Projected results show that Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential election, with, according to The Guardian, a score of 65.1% to Marine Le Pen’s 34.9%.

Macron, who ran as a pro-EU centrist candidate, will be France’s youngest president if confirmed. He will also be the first president to have come from neither one of France’s two traditional main parties since 1958.

The French presidential election has seen traditional left and right ruling parties being rejected in favour of the anti-establishment, with it being the first time in the Fifth Republic’s history for the traditional parties' nominees to not have progressed to the runoff.

Theresa May has publicly congratulated Macron, with a spokesman for the British Prime Minister, according to the Telegraph, saying, “The Prime Minister warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success.

“France is one of our closest allies, and we look forward to working with the new president on a wide range of shared priorities.”