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Hollande says he will hand power over to Macron on May 14

AFP | French President Francois Hollande (L) and French President-elect Emmanuel Macron attend a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II on May 8, 2017 in Paris
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Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday, making the 39-year-old political novice the youngest president in French history. But with a record abstention rate of 25.4%, his mandate is weak.

  • The centrist came from outside of the traditional French parties, which have been left scrambling in the wake of defeat. He won with 66.06% of the vote, over 33.94% for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Le Pen said she would make changes to her National Front party.
  • Macron will now be working to have candidates from his En Marche! (Forward!) movement elected in the legislative election in June.
  • Far-left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon and conservative François Baroin both said they would oppose Macron in June’s legislative elections.
  • Hundreds of people gathered for a rally organised by hardline trade union CGT and others in central Paris to demonstrate for the protection of workers' rights following Macron’s election. A few scuffles were reported, but no major incidents.
  • Macron joined sitting President François Hollande in celebrating Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) at the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Macron's party En Marche! has been renamed La République en marche

To see how all the day's events unfolded, read our live blog below. 

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