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Reprieve for Europe, liberals as Macron wins presidency

May 08, 2017, 7:35 AM EDT
Celebrations for Macron's victory at The Louvre.
(Source: Lorie Shaull/flickr)

Centrist Emmanuel Macron, 39, became France’s youngest president as he defeated his far-right rival Marine Le Pen with a decisive margin after securing 66 percent of the votes on Monday. Macron hailed the result as the beginning of a new page in French history, as he vowed to defend the country’s unity against divisive forces.

This is first time since the modern republic's foundation in 1958 that a candidate from outside two mainstream parties has acquired the presidential office, writes the BBC.

Le Pen, who managed to bag historically high vote for France’s far right, said she would now initiate a "deep transformation” of her movement. Macron’s victory comes as a big boost for liberals who have been upset with an onslaught of populism after the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US election, notes The Guardian.