Marine Le Pen supporters are saying this is not a defeat. But another landmark in the march of their party. At the very start of Front National, it got around 0.4% votes. In 2002 they got around 17% and today it's around 35%. They say they will continue to move ahead.
Le Pen said the party will get a revamp. Already the present FN is far diluted version of the party her father founded in 1972. Is the original FN dead? Now how will the new FN look like?
Emmanuel Macron makes a short and sober speech. Thanks voters. Assures the people that he would protect the country and keep it united.
0030Déclaration officielle. https://t.co/uLyRHujGm2— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 7, 2017
France is at a turning point. Beginning of a new chapter in its political, economic and social life. We will await who Macron's Prime Minister will be. Macron will also need support in Parliament to rule; and remember all the major parties were rejected by the people in this election. The National Assembly election comes up in January, that will give a clearer picture what lies ahead for France in the four to five years from now.
En Marche is the party that Macron belongs to. And that party is just one year old. Imagine such a party winning the Presidential election of a country like France, quite historic, a world record of sorts. Just shows the sort of polity that exists in France. I guess, many people would have voted for Macron to be on the safe side, in order to not make matters worse by voting for Le Pen.
Nearly a third of voters cast blank ballots.. apparently the highest. .. That's the protest vote.
Marine Le Pen concedes defeat
2335"Les Français ont choisi un nouveau Président de la République et ont voté pour la continuité." #Présidentielle2017— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) May 7, 2017
2331🔴 #BREAKING - Emmanuel #Macron elected president of France (with 65.1% of the vote) pic.twitter.com/4Vod8NNBm4— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) May 7, 2017
According to the BBC Emmanuel Macron is the new President of France with 65.5% of votes
Opinion polls have been putting Macron ahead of Le Pen... Let us see who the people have actually voted for. ... We will know in a few minutes.
Polls will close in another five minutes; and in a few minutes we will get to know who the next President of France.