According to France24 and many other media outlets as well, Emmanuel Macron, who is the leader of the center-left En Marche! Party is expected to win the presidential election.
The French network projected the victory after the polls were closed in France, stating that Macron has won an estimated 65 percent of the vote.
Emmanuel Macron’s victory would definitely deal a major blow to the populist movement across Europe and also to his opponent, National Front leader Marine Le Pen.
Both Macron and Le Pen emerged as the top two contenders after the first round of France’s presidential election last month.
Not long after the projections were announced, Le Pen called Macron and congratulated him:
“France has voted for continuity,” the National Front leader reportedly said.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Macron in a sentence, saying:
“The Prime Minister warmly congratulations President-elect Macron on his election success. France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new President on a wide range of shard priorities.”
According to a report, the Euro climbed above 1.10 after Macron was projected as a winner.
The closely watched race has been viewed as a test of the nativist and populist sentiments rising to the surface in Europe since the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union and since President Trump’s November election victory in the U.S.
Marine Le Pen’s loss would be the second for a far-right party in Europe in recent months, after Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands lost in the election in March.
Emmanuel Macron officially obtained former president Obama’s support just last week, who approved Macron on Thursday.
Macron, who is said to have been constantly pro-European Union, previously serves as the economy minister under current president Hollande.