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French elections: Emmanuel Macron, France’s new president, the youngest in the republic’s history

Emmanuel Macron has won the French President in a landslide victory on Sunday evening, beating Marine Le Pen in the runoffs, after securing 66.06%, according to the French interior ministry. Le Pen won 33.94%.

Yet, turnout for the vote was the lowest in 40 years, 75 percent.

“I will defend Europe; it is our civilisation which is at stake…I will work to rebuild ties between Europe and its citizens,” said Macron after the results. He said France was facing an “immense task” to rebuild European unity, fix the economy and ensure security against extremist threats. “Europe and the world are waiting for us to defend the spirit of Enlightenment, threatened in so many places,” he told the crowd, as his his wife Brigitte and their extended family joined him.

Macron’s victory comes following massive hacking attack on the Independent centrist’s campaign database over the weekend which saw hundreds of thousands of private emails and official documents dumped online.

A spokesperson for Macron’s En Marche movement claimed on Friday to have been aggressively hit by a “massive and co-ordinated” anonymous hacking operation which had resulted in 9 gigabytes’ worth of emails and financial data being posted online to a document sharing site called Pastebin.

This came at the tail end of a dramatic campaigning period that has seen a series of scandals, demonstrations and vicious rhetoric shake news and markets.

At 39-years old, Macron is set to be the youngest ever French president with his victory being interpreted as a boost for European cooperation.

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has conceded defeat to Macron in a phone call and vowed to become major force of opposition.

In a subsequent speech at her campaign headquarters, Le Pen called on “all patriots to join” in a new movement as she characterized the landscape as one split between “patriots and globalists”.

Vote in Romania

The French citizens residing in Romania cast their votes in the final round of France’s presidential election in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and Iasi, won Sunday between 8:00 and 19:00. The polling stations were set up at the Embassy of France in Bucharest, at the French Institute in Cluj-Napoca and at the French Institute in Iasi.

Over 1,300 French citizens voted in Romania and the Republic of Moldova — in the consular constituency of the French Embassy in Bucharest — in the first round of the presidential election on April 23.

According to information released online, 2,551 voters were enrolled in the first round at the French Embassy in Bucharest and 1,331 have actually cast their vote (turnout 52.76 pct).

Emmanuel Macron topped the voting in Romania and the Republic of Moldova with 524 votes (39.37 pct), followed by François Fillon with 428 votes (32.16 pct), Jean-Luc Mélenchon — 179 votes (13.45 pct), Marine Le Pen — 81 votes (6.09 pct), Benoît Hamon — 70 votes (5.26 pct) and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan — 23 votes (1.73 pct).

(Combined reports)

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