Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a decisive victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen. Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as an independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 65.1% of the vote to Le Pen’s 34.9%, according to initial projections from early counts. But Le Pen’s score marks a historic high for the French far right. The anti-immigration, anti-EU Front National’s supporters asserted that the party has a central place as an opposition force in France. Macron, who has never held elected office and was unknown until three years ago, is France’s youngest president. He will take over a country under a state of emergency, still facing a major terrorism threat and struggling with a stagnant economy after decades of mass unemployment.
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