French election: Emmanuel Macron elected new president

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French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at his campaign headquarters in Paris on May 7, 2017, after the second round of the French presidential election. Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on May 7, 2017 in a resounding victory over far-right Front National (FN - National Front) rival after a deeply divisive campaign, initial estimates showed. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Lionel BONAVENTURE

Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential election, defeating his opponent Marine Le Pen.

Mr Macron won by 66.06% to 33.94% to become, at 39-years-old, the country’s youngest president.He said that a new page was being turned in French history. »I want it to be a page of hope and renewed trust, » he said.

Mr Macron’s supporters gathered in their thousands to celebrate outside the Louvre museum in central Paris and their new president later joined them.In his speech to the crowd, he said: « Tonight you won, France won. Everyone told us it was impossible, but they don’t know France. »

Who is Emmanuel Macron?

Emmanuel Macron has never tried to be president before.

He used to be a banker, before becoming an economic advisor for the current president Francois Hollande.He then got the job of economic minister, which is more senior government role, in 2014.

Despite being a minister for the Socialist party, in April 2016, he set up his own political movement called En Marche!. This means ‘On the move!’ in French.Many people did not agree with what he was doing and became cross with him.

He ended up resigning from the government in August. He said it was « a new step in [his] battle and to build a project… that isn’t compatible with being in government ».

What does Mr Macron want to do for France?

During the election campaign, there were certain things Emmanuel Macron promised to achieve if he became president, including:

  • More renewable energy
  • People shouldn’t have to pay for glasses or hearing aids
  • Companies should pay less corporation tax
  • There should be fewer people who don’t have jobs
  • Children under 15 should be banned from using mobile phones in school

Losing candidate Marine Le Pen thanked the estimated 11 million people who had voted for her in her speech to supporters.She also said she had wished Mr Macron success in tackling the « huge challenges » facing him.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to Mr Macron for the « big win » and said he looked forward to working with him.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: « France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new president. »

www.bbc.co.uk

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