Pro-European centrist leader Emmanuel Macron has been elected as President of France after winning 20.7 million votes on 8 May 2017. Thirty-nine-year-old former investment banker, who has never held elected office, becomes the youngest President and occupant of the Élysée Palace.
He is France's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte.
With this win, Macron, who was unknown to the world three years ago, will become the first President from outside the two traditional main parties, namely center-left or center-right, since the modern republic's foundation in 1958.
To win the election, Macron defeated his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen, who took about 10.6 million votes in the Presidential elections’. He won the elections by securing 66.06 per cent votes; while Le Pen got 33.94 per cent of the votes.
At a victory party outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, Macron said the country has sent an incredible message to itself, to Europe and the world. He said he would "guarantee the unity of the nation and defend and protect Europe”.
Marine Le Pen, his far-right opponent in the Presidential runoff, quickly called Macron to concede her defeat after voters rejected her "French-first" nationalism by a large margin.
Congratulatory messages that poured from abroad includes
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Emmanuel Macron for his victory in the French Presidential election. In a tweet, Modi said, he is looking forward to work closely with Mr Macron to further strengthen India-France ties.
• German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said it was a "victory for a strong and united Europe", while EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said French voters had chosen a "European future."
• US President Donald Trump in a tweet terming the victory as "big win" said he looked forward to working with the French leader.
• Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Emmanuel Macron on winning the Presidential poll.
• British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to President-elect Macron to warmly congratulate him. She also discussed Brexit with him, the Downing Street office said.
Unknown three years ago, Macron is now poised to become one of Europe's most powerful leaders. He brings a hugely ambitious agenda of political and economic reform for France and the European Union. His win brings hopes for the European Union because; Macron’s challenger in the Presidential run-offs is someone who once threatened to take France out of the European Union. The threat was a challenge for the existence of the European Union.
Emmanuel Macron’s first-month timeline as new President of France
Macron has over a month to take over from the outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande and form a government and push a win in the June 2017 legislative elections. Below is the timeline of key moments for Macron in coming weeks
• 8 May: The president-elect makes a first official appearance alongside Hollande at Paris' Arc de Triomphe for the annual ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate Victory in Europe Day and the surrender of Nazi forces on 8 May 1945.
• 9-13 May: Hollande's outgoing Socialist government resigns during this period, paving the way for the president-elect to take office the following week. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve's government will continue to run day-to-day government business until the new president is sworn in.
• 10 May: France's Constitutional Council officially announces the final results of the 2017 presidential election.
• 13-14 May: The new president is likely to be sworn in by 15 May 2017 (Monday) in a transfer of power ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace where the two leaders will meet and the codes for France's nuclear weapons arsenal will be handed over. No precise date has yet been set for the ceremony, although local media have suggested 14 May is most likely. The president will then name the new prime minister who will work on forming a cabinet. In 2012, the full government was named within two days. Macron said his first trip would be to see troops based overseas. It is unclear when that could take place, but Hollande in 2012 travelled to Berlin on the same day as he was sworn in.
• 15-19 May: Candidates from all parties will present during the week their credentials for the June legislative elections for the 577 parliamentary seats in the National Assembly.
• 22 May: Campaigning begins for the legislative elections.
• 25-27 May: Macron will have what is expected to be his first contact with foreign leaders. The new president is expected to first attend the NATO heads of state meeting in Brussels on May 25 before travelling to Sicily for a G7 leaders' summit that brings together leaders of the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan.
• 11 June: The first round of the lower house legislative elections takes place. Candidates with more than 50 percent of the vote and securing the equivalent of a quarter of registered voters will be elected. Those with more than 12.5 percent of the vote can run in the second-round runoff.
• 18 June: Second round of legislative election takes place. The top candidate is elected.
• 19 June: A government reshuffle is likely on the basis of the legislative election results.
Who: Emmanuel Macron
When: 8 May 2017