French presidential election: Macron defeats Le Pen to secure second term | News | DW

French voters on Sunday handed Emmanuel Macron a second term in the country’s presidential election after his far-right rival Marine Le Pen failed to achieve a populist upset.

Macron won around 58.5% of the vote versus Le Pen on 41.5%, according to preliminary official results. 

In doing so, he becomes the first French leader to win reelection in two decades since Jacques Chirac in 2002.

Shortly after his win, Macron told supporters at a rally in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris that he would be a “president for all of us” and that his second term would “not be a continuation of my previous mandate.”

Sunday’s election runoffwas a repeat of the clash between the two candidates in 2017 when Macron won 66% of the vote.

But this poll was marked by much uncertainty over…

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