Election

Macron projected winner in French presidential polls

Emmanuel Macron

London, May 7 : Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron had been declared victor in the French Presidential elections’ crucial runoff on Sunday, as per projections, media reports said.

Projections after the polls closed at 8 p.m. (Paris time) showed political novice Macron, who at 39 will be the youngest French President, had secured over 65 per cent of the vote, against his right-wing opponent, Marie Le Pen of the National Front, said the BBC.

French media reported that Macron supporters came out on the streets in celebration while Le Pen called him up to congratulate him. She told her supporters at her campaign headquarters that the new divide in France is between “globalists and patriots”.

British Prime Minister Theresa May “warmly” congratulates Macron, said a statement from her office.

More than 60 percent of voters have cast or were planning to cast their ballots in French presidential elections for Emmanuel Macron according to surveys carried out on Sunday, Belgian media said.

“According to three different institutes, Emmanuel Macron would be first in the presidential election with a result above 60 percent,” Le Soir newspaper said.

Belgian public broadcaster RTBF said polls put Macron’s share of the vote at between 62 and 64 percent. His rival is nationalist Marine Le Pen.

The information could not be verified by Reuters. Pollsters are not allowed under French law to publish polls before voting closes at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT), when the first officials estimates are expected.

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, waves from his car as he leaves his home during the second round of the election, in Paris, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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