Emmanuel Macron wins French presidential election in landslide

Independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential election, beating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, who stood on a pro-EU ticket, has in the past vowed to take United Kingdom jobs in research and banking to France.

"I will fight with all my power against the divisions which undermine us and knock us back".

"I'm a student, I have to work to pay for my studies and Macron's programme is the best for young people like me who want aim higher".

Emmanuel Macron says he would formalize the job of first lady if he wins the election, and says "she has her word to say in this".

But any idea of a courageous new political dawn will be tempered by an abstention rate on Sunday of around 25 percent, the highest this century, and by a record share of blank or spoiled ballots by more than 11 percent of those who did vote.

Macron's expected margin of victory was bigger than the gap shown by pre-election polls, which had projected a Macron victory by around 20 points.

Macron has expressed pro-businesses and pro-EU views. He built a reputation with his "Macron Law", a controversial reform bill that allowed, among other things, longer retail hours on Sunday.

The latest polls indicated that his lead had increased after a tense TV debate on Wednesday between Macron and Le Pen, after which many said that Le Pen failed to explain her policies and was too aggressive towards her opponent.

"Marine Le Pen was so violent and ready to use fake news", he said just after casting his ballot.

While Le Pen has worked hard to rid her nationalistic party of its xenophobic image, she has campaigned on an anti-immigration, anti-EU platform.




He finished top in the first round on 23 April, ahead of Le Pen, and eliminating the candidates of the two main traditional parties - Francois Fillon from the centre-right Republicans and Benoit Hamon from the Socialist Party.

A name change would help Le Pen further distance herself from the party's anti-Semitic past and her hard-line father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Macron's immediate challenge will be to secure a majority in next month's parliamentary election for En Marche!

The 39-year-old centrist's amalgam of positions holds the potential for radically reshaping the angry, polarized, stalled politics of troubled democracies like the U.S., Britain and France.

Numerous mainly youthful supporters were wearing the T-shirt of Macron's centrist movement En Marche ("On the Move"), set up just a year ago. "The Prime Minister warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success".

She also wanted to swap the Euro for the French franc, expel all illegal immigrants and close "extremist" mosques. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a tweet said, "Happy that the French chose a European future". "If that was the case, I would have kept working for them", Macron answered.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, also tweeted his congratulations.

Macron spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he hopes to revitalise the Franco-German axis at the heart of the European Union, saying he planned to visit Berlin shortly.

Jake Kanter contributed reporting to this story.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Metro revises fares, travel set to get costlier
May 09, 2017 - 00:43
Apart from that, 10 per cent discount would be given to commuters using smart cards during non-peak hours from Monday to Saturday. When metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare was Rs 4 and maximum was Rs 8.

Chibok schoolgirls were swapped for 5 Boko Haram commanders
May 09, 2017 - 00:42
Some parents did not live long enough to see their daughters released, underscoring the tragedy of the three-year saga. Neither the government nor Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State group, gave details about the exchange.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tiffany Trump, President Trump's Youngest Daughter, Accepted to Georgetown Law School
May 09, 2017 - 00:42
Unlike Ivanka, the younger Trump daughter hasn't taken an active role in her father's business or his administration. Representatives for the Trump family told CNN the she would join the roughly 1,900-person student body this fall.

Trump to announce federal court nominees
May 09, 2017 - 00:34
But while a revised ban was later released, that too was blocked by the courts. It would take congressional action to break up the 9th U.S.

Beyond 100 days, Trump faces more legislative challenges
May 09, 2017 - 00:29
After serving as commander in chief for 100 days, his achievements, as well as shortfalls, were being closely scrutinized. Trump entered the arena and said there is no place he'd rather be than in Pennsylvania to celebrate his 100th day.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT
May 09, 2017 - 00:27
Kevin Durant added 15 points on an uncharacteristically cold shooting night at 6 for 14 and also five rebounds and five assists. Utah missed its initial six shots and fell behind 9-0 before Gobert's three-point play at the 7:48 mark of the first.

Inter 'ready to offer' Chelsea boss Antonio Conte £10m salary
May 09, 2017 - 00:18
Rudiger has also been linked with Chelsea in the past, but picked up a serious injury in the build-up to Euro 2016. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is eyeing a £70million raid of Serie A giants Roma, according to reports.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Family want officer who shot black teen charged with crime
May 09, 2017 - 00:12
The family later said that while they are grateful that Oliver has been fired, "there remains a long road ahead". The family has called for murder charges to be brought against Oliver.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega
May 09, 2017 - 00:11
Note: There were 28 lead changes among 14 drivers in a highly competitive race . Almirola took the lead with four laps to go.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top SP expels six leaders post Shivpal's new front
May 09, 2017 - 00:06
She also said that regional parties tend to function like "Hitler-one man show" where no dissent is allowed or accepted. He termed Yadav's claim that the Congress was responsible for the current poor state of SP as "baseless".

First Formula 1 win 'surreal' for Valtteri Bottas
May 09, 2017 - 00:04
Bottas concedes that the first win has take a while, but he is now looking forward to more as he has learnt the trick. The gap dropped even further in the closing slaps as Vettel started putting in some blistering lap times.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nicola Sturgeon: SNP backlash claims ludicrous
May 07, 2017 - 13:46
The SNP remains the largest party in local government with 431 councillors voted in. A few years ago, a Tory councillor being elected there would have been unthinkable.

Red Sox fan permanently banned from Fenway for using racial slur
May 07, 2017 - 13:44
And Sabathia added, to Erik Boland of Newsday, that he'd never been called "the N-word" anywhere but Boston . But James knew about the message posted on Twitter by Mookie Betts of the Red Sox .

Tillerson meets ASEAN ministers to seek support on North Korea
May 07, 2017 - 13:44
USA officials are also asking China to urge more China-friendly ASEAN members, such as Laos and Cambodia, to do the same. USA efforts have included a flurry of calls by Trump to the leaders of the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

Recovering Sidney Crosby skates at Penguins practice facility
May 07, 2017 - 13:38
But the next one never came, even as the Capitals repeatedly blitzed the Penguins' zone with hollow scoring chances. Meanwhile, the Penguins will try to put the Caps down 3-1 in the series. "I could talk for a while".