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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

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.

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  • 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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