Emmanuel Macron has defeated Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, becoming France’s youngest ever president since Napoleon.
The 39-year-old claimed the title with exit polls predicting he won the vote 65.8 per cent to 32.2 per cent.
“A new page in our long history has turned tonight,” Mr Macron said in a statement.
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“I want it to be that of rediscovery of hope and trust.”
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Donald Trump both congratulated Macron on his victory via Twitter.
Congratulations @EmmanuelMacron on your historic election win. We will build even stronger ties between our two great nations.
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) May 7, 2017
Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2017