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French President Emmanuel Macron beats Le Pen to win second term

French President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected for a second term tonight as he beat off his far-Right rival Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, the 44-year-old centrist, won with a 58 per cent share of the vote – beating Ms Le Pen, 53, on 42 per cent, according to exit polls.

In an ambitious victory speech underneath the Eiffel Tower, Mr Macron said: “From now on I am no longer the candidate for a party. I’m everyone’s President!

He conceded that France was “full of anger and division”, but pledged: “Nobody will be left by the wayside.
Mr Macron arrived at a rally on the Champ de Mars an hour-and-a-half after the result was called.

To rapturous cheers and applause, he held hands with his wife, Brigitte Macron, as Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – the European Union anthem – blasted out of speakers. Wearing his trademark blue suit and tie, he continued: “Together we can make France more independent and Europe stronger. By freeing our creativity, we can make France a great, green nation.

“I know a lot of people voted for me tonight, not because of my ideals, but to block the far-Right. I have been entrusted with their sense of duty for the next five years.

He added, to boos, that he “thought of Ms Le Pen and her supporters,” but added: “No booing I don’t want to hear that. Because from now on I am no longer the candidate for a party. I’m everyone’s President.

“I understand the anger that prompted people to vote far-Right, that will be my responsibility.’ He said:“Our own project is a humanist one, for the whole Republic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson quickly moved to congratulate his French counterpart, tweeting: “Congratulations on your re-election as President of France. France is one of our closest and most important allies. I look forward to continuing to work together on the issues which matter most to our two countries and to the world

Source: France

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