The official results of France’s presidential election are in, with Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen having made it through to the second round of the race.
This marks a historic event since voters did not choose either of the mainstream candidates. Le Pen is the leader of the far-right Front National (FN) party and newcomer Emmanuel Macron was a member of the Socialist party from 2006 to 2009. He was designated deputy secretary-general under François Hollande’s first government in 2012. He was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in 2014 under the Second Valls Government.
Each took approximately 23 percent of the vote, shutting out conservative candidate François Fillon and far-left socialist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who each received approximately 20 percent of the vote.
Political pundits are calling it a “political shakeup,” which will likely affect the whole of Europe. The final election is in May.
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