The former economy minister defeats the leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, in the presidential runoff.
Emmanuel Macron, France’s centrist former economy minister, defeated Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, in Sunday’s presidential election with 66 to 34 percent support.
Macron is slated to be inaugurated as the eighth president of the Fifth Republic next week. He will serve a five-year term.
His next test will come in June, when France holds parliamentary elections. Macron’s party, En Marche!, has no seats in the National Assembly yet. He could be forced into cohabitation with a prime minister from another party.
Le Pen has announced a “new political force” for French “patriots”. It is unclear if she has a whole new party in mind.