Centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
At 39, Macron will be France’s youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte.
“I called Emmanuel Macron tonight to congratulate him warmly on his election as President of the Republic,” current President Francois Hollande said in a statement.
Hollande said the large margin of victory confirmed that a majority of citizens had rallied around “the values of the Republic” and affirmed their support for the European Union.
As of early Monday morning local time in Paris, Macron had won 64.78 percent of the vote while Le Pen had earned 35.22 percent, according to the French Ministry of the Interior.
“After a long democratic battle, you have decided to give me your trust, I am very grateful,” Macron said in a speech from his headquarters about an hour after his victory was first projected.
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