Emmanuel Macron Elected Next President Of France

The country embraces a less isolationist future with the election of the centrist candidate.

Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron has been elected the new president of France beating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by margin of 65.5 percent to 34.5 percent, the BBC projects. Le Pen called Macron to concede the election shortly after 8 p.m. local time.

"My fellow countrymen, you have chosen to give me your trust, and I would like to express my deep gratitude," Macron tweeted. 

The French election saw a similar rejection of mainstream politics as usual as was witnessed during the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. No candidate from the country's typically dominate political parties advanced to Sunday's runoff election. Macron's En Marche! party was founded last year, and he will be the youngest ever president of France. 

In a larger sense, the French election was seen by many as gauge of the amount of continuing support of a populist movement that resulted in the election of Donald Trump and the exiting of the United Kingdom from the European Union last year. When projections showed Macron firmly in the lead, many took to Twitter to thank French voters and breathe a collective sigh of relief that the country was embracing a less isolationist stance. 

Macron's first address to the French people was one of reconciliation and the promise of a better future for the country, the BBC reports. 

"A new page in our history is being turned," he said. "I want it to be one of hope and confidence recovered."

Cover image via Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock

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