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Emmanuel Macron defeats Marine Le Pen

Macron has triumphed over his far-right rival to become the first president to win re-election in 20 years.

The results of France’s presidential election are in: Emmanuel Macron has won a second term as the French president with a comfortable majority. However, this victory is tempered by the fact that the far right, led by Marine Le Pen, achieved its best result in the history of the Fifth Republic.

Ido Vock discusses Macron’s success and Le Pen’s relative gains with the New Statesmanexecutive foreign editor, Megan Gibson.

They cover the reaction in France and across the world, the sincerity of Macron’s promise to deliver change via an entirely new political project, and the looming parliamentary elections in June.

While the election is over, the France Elects podcast series will continue to provide updates on French politics with special episodes to cover big developments.

Further reading:

Macron wins re-election: live results and analysis here.

How Le Pen failed to land knockout blow against Macron in TV debate.

Macron courted left-wing voters in Marseille.

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