The pro-EU politician Emmanuel Macron was tonight elected as France’s youngest ever president with a projected landslide of 65.5 per cent. Macron, 39, beat far-right National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen, 48, in an election that will have widespread repercussions for the future of Europe. An official preliminary result released at 8pm local time showed Macron received 65.5 per cent of the vote and had earned a clear 31-point victory over Le Pen. Just 15 minutes

after the exit polls were announced, Le Pen conceded and revealed she phoned Macron to ‘congratulate’ him on his election victory. And at 11pm local time, Macron addressed thousands of his adoring supporters who had gathered at his election victory rally outside the Louvre in central Paris. He walked across the sprawling historic courtyard to the music of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’, the European Union anthem, and said: ‘Europe and the world are waiting for us to defend the spirit of the enlightenment everywhere.’ READ MORE