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Macron defeats Le Pen's far-right to become France President "against the division"

The centrist candidate obtained 66.06% of the votes compared to 33.94% of the National Front candidate with the lowest participation since 1969 - The former minister resigns to lead En Marche! to dedicate to the presidency

08.05.2017 | 08:30

The socioliberal politician, who at 39 will become the youngest head of state of the Fifth Republic, got the support of two out of three French, more than expected in the surveys, to beat his adversary, who defends a project which is quite the opposite to his.

Macron won the victory with 66.06 of the votes, compared to 33.94 collected by his rival. The former Minister of Economy received the support of 20.7 million voters, while the leader of the National Front (FN) was supported by 10.6%.

Macron achieved his best results in Paris, with a percentage close to 90%, and in the surrounding departments of Hauts-de-Seine and Val-de-Marne, where he exceeded 80% in both cases.

The greatest supporters of the far-right leader were the electors of Aisne and Pas-de-Calais, both in the north of France and with percentages above 52%.

The French turned their backs on the protectionist and xenophobic nationalism embodied by Le Pen to place their trust in a 'lone ranger' of liberal ideas, which was presented without the support of a traditional party to give greater credibility to his reform proposal.

After the victory, the elected president has announced his retirement as leader of the movement En Marche! to dedicate completely to being "the president of all the French," according to the local daily ´Le Monde´.

"I will not leader En Marche any more because I will be the president to all". I count on you for the legislative elections", Macron said, who has obtained more than 60 percent of votes with 89 percent of votes scrutinized.

Macron has communicated his decision to his followers through a video entitled 'Thank you', in which he thanked French people for their trust and indicated that "although he knows that there will be those who are disappointed", he will do his best "to be worthy of the trust that has been deposited on him".

With a fresh and innovative image, Macron forged his victory with the addition of the votes of adhesion to his candidacy and those of electors who simply wanted to stop the passage to the far-right party.

The "republican front", the dike formed by the right and the left against the National Front, may have lost momentum, but reality once again showed Le Pen the limits of her project, despite having won more votes than ever (11 million).

The difference of about 30 points between the socioliberal and the far-right candidate is only comparable to the 65 points obtained in 2002 by Jacques Chirac against Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie. Those were other times and the FN, still a "damn" party.

Nevertheless, the luster of Macron's victory was not complete.

The participation, of around 75%, was the lowest for a second round of presidential elections for half a century.

The rejection generated by both candidates - and boosted by people such as the leader of the far-left party, Jean-Luc Mélenchon - allowed the blank vote and the invalid ballot to shoot up to 12% of the total, breaking all records.

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