Emmanuel Macron wins French elections in blow to populist wave. In photos

Emmanuel Macron wins the French presidential elections by about 65% votes
  • French president-elect Emmanuel Macron waves to the crowd as he delivers a speech at the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on 7 May, 2017, after the second round of the French presidential election. At 39, Macron is set to become the youngest-ever elected French head of state. Patrick Kovarik/AFP
  • The result is a remarkable achievement for Macron, who built his En Marche! movement just last year. A former investment banker and one-time economy minister in the outgoing government of Francois Hollande, he becomes the first postwar head of state to be elected from outside the traditional party structure. Reuters
  • Having prevailed over National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, Macron will be sworn in as soon as this week as the head of mainland Europe’s second-largest economy and its leading military power, as well as one of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. AP
  • National Front candidate Marine Le Pen conceded within minutes of the polls closing. In her concession speech, Le Pen claimed the mantle of leader of the opposition, saying that the legislative elections were looming and “I’ll be at the head of this fight.”AP
  • Supporters of president-elect Emmanuel Macron wave French national flags as they celebrate in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on 7 May, 2017. Eric Feferberg/AFP
  • Emmanuel Macron’s victory prevented France from succumbing to the populist wave that led to Donald Trump’s victory in November 2016 and Britain’s referendum decision to quit the EU. AP
Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election in a commanding victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen that will strengthen the European Union and deal a blow to the populist wave that has roiled western democracies for the past year.