Emmanuel Macron will win the French presidency in a landslide election that took place on Sunday. He defeated far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, according to early projections.
Macron, 39, a former investment banker who’s centrist policies helped him to crush France’s mainstream parties, is no doubt a relief to European allies who were warning that Le Pen would bring a Donald Trump-like shake-up which would affect the whole of Europe.
Previously, Macron served for two years as economy minister. He will now go on to become France’s youngest leader since Napoleon.
Within minutes of polling stations closing at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. ET), projections showed Macron beating Le Pen by around 65 percent to 35.
Macron belongs to the National Front party. The party harbors anti-immigrant policies which likely led to his victory.
Macron received the endorsement of Barack Obama.
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