Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential elections on April 24, securing a second term in office.
Macron scored 58.55% of the vote compared to 41.45% for far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the runoff after they finished first and second place respectively among 12 candidates in the first round on April 10.
Macron became the first French leader to be reelected in 20 years.
The narrow election result put the French far right closer to the presidency than ever before, indicating that the French public is turning to extremist politicians to voice their dissatisfaction with the current situation in their country.
According to the French Interior Ministry, the voter abstention rate for the runoff reached at a record 28%.
In a victory speech at Champs de Mars in central Paris, Macron thanked his supporters and acknowledged that many voted for him to simply block the extreme right.
Macron also directly addressed Le Pen’s supporters, vowing that he would respond to their “anger and disagreements” that led them to vote for the far right.
“To those who voted for me, not to support my ideas but to block those of the far-right, your vote obliges me. Tonight, I am no longer the candidate of one camp, but the president of all,” Macron said.
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