Centrist Emmanuel Macron, a political unknown 3 years ago, has – according to projected results – claimed victory of Marine Le Pen with a majority of 65.5%, to Le Pen’s 34.5%, according to Kantar Public’s One Point-TF1-RTL.. This result makes Macron France’s youngest ever president, at 39 years of age.
Gerard Araud, the French Ambassador to Washington, has said that Macron’s victory meant that the “French have made the choice of an open, forward looking and European future.”
Shortly after the announcement of the projected polls, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron shared a phone call, with Le Pen wishing the new French President “success”, but commented that his supporters have chosen the “continuity candidate”. Elsewhere, Theresa May, the UK’s Prime Minister, has “warmly” congratulated the new President – her office has said.
Despite the result, Florian Philippot of the National Front party has told TF1 TV that “We had 11 million voters, an unprecendented score. Today, we’re the main opposite force in France.”