Emmanuel Macron has defeated Marine Le Pen to become the 25th president of France. He was elected Sunday following a run-off with Le Pen in what proved to be a historic election.
French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed Macron's win, according to the Associated Press.
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Le Pen has already called Macron to concede and congratulate him on his victory, according to reports.
Early exit polls showed that Macron, the pro-business candidate, would win more than 60 percent of the vote over Le Pen, the far-right candidate and leader of the National Front, a populist movement in French, the Telegraph UK reports.
In the end, Macron was able to secure 65.9 percent of the vote over Le Pen, who won just 34.1 percent of the vote, according to early official estimates. The projections mean that Macron's popularity was underestimated because most French politicos predicted he would only win by 20 points — not 30.
Voter turnout was predicted to be at only around 75 percent, much lower than in previous presidential elections.
Macron, 39, is a former investment banker who previously served for two years as the French finance minister. He has not previously been elected to public office.
Macron's vision for France couldn't be more different than Le Pen's. Macron is a pro-business politician who favors free trade and the European Union. Le Pen, on the other hand, opposes globalization, wants to reform France's immigration policies, backs protectionist economic policies and believes France should leave the European Union, similar to what Britain voted to do last year.
Still, for Le Pen, Sunday's results proved to be a victory for the National Front. Le Pen was able to win almost twice that of her father, Jean-Marie, in the 2002 presidential election.
Macron will be inaugurated president on May 14 when current French President François Hollande is expected to step down. In the coming weeks, Macron's biggest challenge will be to help his party, En Marche! (Onward), win a majority of the seats in the French Parliament.
Macron is the youngest person to ever be elected president of France.