France chooses Macron as new president

Source: BBC

By Patrick Jackson, Tom Spender, Henri Astier and Roland Hughes

Summary

  1. France chooses Emmanuel Macron as next president, projections say
  2. Emmanuel Macron, 39, is head of centrist party En Marche
  3. He defeated Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front
  4. The main projections both give him over 65% of the votes
  5. Turnout is down on previous years – 65.3% had voted by 17:00 local time
  6. Over 25% of voters are thought to have abstained

 

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