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As it happened: Pro-EU Macron wins key French presidential election

© Lionel BONAVENTURE / POOL / AFP| Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on May 7, 2017 in a resounding victory over his far-right National Front rival after a deeply divisive campaign.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-05-08

Centrist Emmanuel Macron has been elected French president with an estimated 66.06% of the vote, while his rival, far-right Marine Le Pen, took 33.94%. Revisit our live coverage of election night on our blog below.

  • Macron, 39, has become the youngest president in the history of France.
  • France's 47 million voters chose between radically different platforms: the free-trade, pro-EU policies of Macron's En Marche! (Forward!) party, and the protectionist nationalism of Le Pen's National Front.
  • Voting stations opened at 8am (6am GMT) in mainland France Sunday, and most closed at 7pm, while those in larger cities closed at 8pm. Voters overseas began voting on Saturday.
  • Official turnout figures have been lower than in the April 23 first round. The noon turnout was 28.2%, slightly less than the 28.5% in the first round. At 5pm, the turnout was 65.3%, lower than the 69.4% at the same time on April 23.
     
  • It has been a historic election by several measures: both candidates were from parties outside the political mainstream. It follows an unprecedented campaign marked by scandal and repeated surprises.

Date created : 2017-05-07

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