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Live updates | Macron to the French people: "Thank you."

Live updates | Macron to the French people: "Thank you."

President Emmanuel Macron said a simple "Thank you!" following winning reelection, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by praised the majority who gave him five additional years at the helm of France.

Macron excessively thanked people who voted for him not since they embrace his ideas nevertheless since they wanted to reject far-right competitor Marine Le Pen.

"I'm not the candidate of one bivouac anymore, nevertheless the president of all of us," he said.

Macron comfortably won reelection to a following word Sunday, according to polling agencies' projections.

He arrived on the plaza where his supporters gathered, beneath the Eiffel Tower, to the sound of the "Ode to Joy," the European Union's anthem, hand inside hand accompanied by his wife, Brigitte.

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PARIS — Supporters of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen gathered at her election-night flat inside Paris' Bois de Boulogne booed loudly while provisional results were announced.

But they fast looked ahead to June legislative elections — while did Le Pen inside her concession speech.

Francois Denormand, a former dentist preparation to sprint for a seat while a lawmaker for Le Pen's National Rally communal gathering inside June's legislative elections said that what he called "the third round" starts tomorrow.

"We must convey on accompanied by to fight," he said. "We tin mislay the battle nevertheless not the war."

Nineteen-year-old Paul Renkert, waving a French flag, admitted that "I'm sad."

Renkert, who had traveled from the eastern Alsace region, said he had invested hour dated inside Le Pen's military operation "because I exist convinced by inside the future of France."

He is looking ahead to the legislative elections accompanied by every one one other accompanied by five years inside the future when a new president is elected. Le Pen has not made known her intentions, nevertheless "I don't exist convinced by she'll renounce us," he said.

Guests from overseas were among those invited to the soiree. Among them was Tom Lamont, accompanied by Belgium's far-right Vlaams Belang party, an associate of Le Pen's National Rally. He, too, sent not here a message of hope. "It's a disappointment she lost nevertheless we see the right-wing movements is growing inside France … accompanied by every one one other accompanied by maybe inside five years we will have a right-wing president" here," he said.

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MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says that accompanied by the victory of Emmanuel Macron while projected by polling agencies, "Democracy wins, Europe wins."

"Citizens have chosen a France committed to a free, strong accompanied by every one one other accompanied by fair EU," Sánchez, who is excessively leader of Spain's Socialist Party, wrote, referring to the 27-nation European Union.

Sánchez, Portugal's António Costa accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Germany's Olaf Scholz had published a fasten not shut letter ahead of Sunday's election presenting the ballot while a selection inside the centre of Macron, a defender of democracy inside a strong European Union, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Marine Le Pen, "an extreme-right candidate who publicly sides accompanied by those who assault our freedom accompanied by every one one other accompanied by democracy, values based on the French ideas of Enlightenment."

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PARIS — French far-right figure Eric Zemmour, who failed to stretch not here the runoff inside the presidential election, has called for a nationalist coalition to exist created inside France's parliament.

Zemmour spoke following polling agencies projected that far-right leader Marine Le Pen, head of the National Rally party, had lost the presidential election to centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron.

Zemmour, who created his own party, "Reconquest," inside recent months, said "the national bloc must obtain united."

He suggested such a coalition ahead of June's parliamentary elections, accompanied by the aim to fight both Macron's communal gathering accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the left.

Zemmour received 7% of the votes inside the earliest circular of the presidential election on April 10.

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European leaders have been fast to congratulate French President Emmanuel Macron on his re-election.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has regularly sparred accompanied by Macron over Brexit accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other issues, swiftly congratulated the re-elected president.

Calling France "one of our closest accompanied by every one one other accompanied by most important allies," Johnson said he looked forward to "continuing to labour accompanied by every one one other on the issues which matter most to our place of set of two countries accompanied by every one one other accompanied by to the world."

Italian Premier Mario Draghi said that Macron's victory "is splendid report for all of Europe."

He said "France accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Italy are employed side by side, down accompanied by the other European partners, to build a stronger, additional cohesive, additional fair European Union, competent of actuality a protagonist inside the greatest challenges of our times, starting accompanied by the war inside Ukraine."

Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa says that, by voting for Emmanuel Macron, "French people have demonstrated on one instance on one occasion additional their commitment to the European project."

Costa, a socialist who was re-elected earlier this year inside a landslide victory, wrote Sunday inside a tweet that he was enthusiastic concerning employed accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the centrist politician all over the following quartet years.

The Portuguese main minister made a instance for voting to ballot Macron inside an not shut letter excessively signed by his Spanish accompanied by every one one other accompanied by German counterparts, Pedro Sánchez accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Olaf Scholz.

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PARIS — Leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon said Sunday that Marine Le Pen's defeat inside the French election is "very good report for the unity of our people," accompanied by every one one other accompanied by vowed to lead the fight opposed to Emmanuel Macron's communal gathering inside the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Melenchon, who failed to stretch not here the following circular by a few hundred thousand votes accompanied by every one one other accompanied by had urged his supporters not to ballot for Le Pen, said Macron's "presidential monarchy survives by default accompanied by every one one other accompanied by under the constraint of a biased choice."

In his address, Melenchon exhorted Macron's opponents to ballot inside June's parliamentary elections to "choose a different path" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by ballot a majority of leftist lawmakers. Melenchon said he would exist prepared to lead an opposition government.

"Courage, action, determination, always refusing fatality accompanied by every one one other accompanied by resignation," Melenchon said.

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BRUSSELS — Several European leaders accompanied by every one one other accompanied by politicians have swiftly congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron for his reelection, while his far-right competitor Marine Le Pen conceded defeat inside Sunday's presidential election.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted inside French, "together we will build France accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Europe advance."

The Dutch main minister excessively tweeted inside French his hope to "continue our large accompanied by every one one other accompanied by constructive collaboration inside EU accompanied by every one one other accompanied by NATO."

In Germany, politicians around the political spectrum offered support, including from the pro-business Free Democrats, the environmentalist Greens accompanied by every one one other accompanied by conservative Christian Social Union.

Many inside Europe had worried Le Pen would undermine European unity accompanied by every one one other accompanied by its post-war order.

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PARIS — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has conceded defeat inside the presidential runoff, handing victory to incumbent Emmanuel Macron.

She said her unprecedented consequence inside a presidential election represents "a shining victory inside itself."

"The ideas we symbolize are reaching summits," she said.

French polling agencies are projecting that centrist Macron has won the runoff opposed to Le Pen that took place Sunday.

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PARIS — French polling agencies are projecting that centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron will go nearer earliest inside France's presidential runoff Sunday, beating a lengthy way fair competitor Marine Le Pen inside a firm competition that was clouded by the Ukraine war accompanied by every one one other accompanied by saw a surge inside support for extremist ideas.

If the projections are borne not here by official results, Macron would exist the earliest French president inside a number of years to go nearer earliest inside a following term, since Jacques Chirac inside 2002. But he would face a divided nation accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a battle to retain his parliamentary majority inside legislative elections inside June.

Five years ago, Macron won a sweeping victory over Le Pen to become the youngest French president. The margin is expected to exist way smaller this time: Polling agencies Opinionway, Harris accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Ifop-Fiducial projected that Macron would go nearer earliest inside in the centre of 57% accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 58.5% of the vote, accompanied by Le Pen getting inside the centre of 41.5% accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 43%.

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PARIS — Voter turnout is foot than usual inside France's presidential runoff Sunday, apparently reflecting voter exasperation accompanied by both candidates, centrist President Emmanuel Macron accompanied by every one one other accompanied by far-right challenger Marine Le Pen.

Turnout at 5 p.m. Paris hour dated (1500 GMT) stood at 63%, the Interior Ministry said. That was beneath the 65% at the same hour dated inside the last presidential runoff inside 2017, when Macron overwhelmingly hit Le Pen, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the 72% inside when Socialist Francois Hollande won the presidency inside 2012.

Polls earlier to Sunday's election gave Macron a firm lead over Le Pen, nevertheless to retain it he needs the support of numerous left-wing voters who shunned both him accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Le Pen inside the first-round election on April 10. Many of those voters may choose to carry on accompanied by to exist place of residence this hour dated instead.

Polling agency projections accompanied by every one one other accompanied by early official results are expected following final voting stations near inside France at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT).

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LE TOUQUET, France — The place of set of two candidates for France's presidential runoff have cast their ballots — accompanied by every one one other accompanied by basked inside adoring crowds outer external outside their polling stations.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen went first, cheerily greeting election workers inside the northern town of Henin-Beaumont, inside France's struggling former manufacturing heartland. She emerged from the ballot booth beaming to permit let fall it inside a transparent box. Outside, she took selfies accompanied by supporters.

Then came incumbent Emmanuel Macron, who shook dozens of hands — accompanied by every one one other accompanied by was handed a small child to clasp up — on his journey from his family place of residence inside the tourist centre town of Le Touquet on the English Channel to his voting station.

Inside, he greeted yet additional people, posed for photographs accompanied by his spouse Brigitte, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by cast his ballot accompanied by a wink for the cameras. The voting booths were shielded by curtains inside the red-white-and-blue of the French flag.

About 48.8 million voters are eligible to lay clasp of small part inside the runoff, which is actuality watched around Europe. Early results are expected Sunday night.

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PARIS — France began voting inside a presidential runoff election Sunday accompanied by repercussions for Europe's future.

Centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron is the front-runner, nevertheless he's fighting a durable exist courageous sufficient from far-right competitor Marine Le Pen.

The centrist Macron is asking voters to trust him for a following five-year word inside malice of a presidency troubled by protests, the pandemic accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the war inside Ukraine. A Macron victory inside this ballot would build him the earliest French president inside 20 years to go nearer earliest inside a following term.

The consequence of voting inside France, a nuclear-armed nation accompanied by one of the world's biggest economies, could excessively impact the debate inside Ukraine, while France has played a answer small portion inside diplomatic efforts accompanied by every one one other accompanied by support for sanctions opposed to Russia.

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