The French Election Ends in a Blow Out!
Independent Emmanuel Macron has defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the final round of France’s pivotal presidential election. Preliminary results show Macron is set to score 65.1 percent of the vote, and Le Pen conceded shortly after the initial tallies were released.
The preliminary results are based on a sample of ballots counted at polling stations around the country, which are then used to predict how the country votes as a whole. In the first round of the vote on April 30, these initial figures were fairly consistent with the final totals.
French officials began the process of determining the results after polling stations closed at 8 p.m. local time. Millions of people cast their ballots in towns and cities across the country, but turnout was lower than previous elections at 65.3 percent as of 5 p.m. local time.
Projections ahead of the vote showed around a 20-point lead for the centrist Macron, who hoped to build on his first-round victory and rally a wide range of French voters to oppose Le Pen.
Macron celebrated his victory with a rally at the Louvre in Paris, where joyous supporters waved both European and French flags as they cheered their candidate.
“A new page of our long history is turned … one of refound hope and trust,” Macron said after the result.