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Saturday 23 September 2017

EU relief as Le Pen is crushed by Macron

Emmanuel Macron salutes his supporters after voting in the northern coastal town of Le Touquet early yesterday Picture: Reuters
Emmanuel Macron salutes his supporters after voting in the northern coastal town of Le Touquet early yesterday Picture: Reuters

Sally Wardle

Emmanuel Macron is to be the next president of France after sweeping to victory with 64pc of the votes.

The centrist candidate comprehensively saw off the threat of the far right's Marine Le Pen, who gained a 36pc share.

Mr Macron dashed Ms Le Pen's nationalist hopes with his pro-European stance and moderate policies.

In a sombre speech, the president-elect acknowledged divisions in society had driven people to "vote to the extreme" but said "a new page" of France's history was opening.

French President François Hollande said the results showed voters' support for the EU.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today. I look very much forward to working with him."

Irish Independent

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