Emmanuel Macron has won a decisive victory in the French presidential elections, beating his far-right rival Marine le Pen and becoming France’s youngest ever President at thirty-nine.
“I know the anger, the anxiety and the doubts that a large number of you have expressed,” Macron told thousands of supporters gathered in the courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris.
“I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that are undermining us,” he said.
Official figures confirm that Macron held 66.06 percent of the vote in the second round, compared to Marine Le Pen’s 33.94 percent.
However the numbers of abstentions and ‘blanc votes’, spoiled papers which are counted and regarded as protest votes in France, were unprecedented for a second-round Presidential vote. Abstentions stood at 25 per cent, the highest recorded for nearly 50 years, and blanc votes at a record high of 12.5 per cent.
Macron won in all departements in France apart form Pas-de-Calais and Aisne in the north of the country.
Centrist Macron’s Europhile and pro-business stance has proven especially popular in larger cosmopolitan cities such as Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux. His En Marche! movement, founded just over a year ago, seeks to unite candidates from across the political spectrum.