Voting underway in French presidential runoff

The jubilant crowd swelled to thousands as the night wore on.

"I don't know the reason for it", he added. "If that was the case, I would have kept working for them", Macron answered. "It is my responsibility to hear them".

Estimates based on partial results showed Macron winning 65-66.1 per cent of the vote compared with 35-33.9 per cent for Le Pen.

It's unclear whether the document dump will dent the large polling lead Mr Macron held over Ms Le Pen going into the vote.

The outcome of the election could have a profound effect on the future of the European Union and globalization amid a wave of populism and protectionism. The candidate of the center-right Republican party, Fran├žois Fillon, saw his campaign undone by a corruption scandal.

"Either way", she said, "France will be led by a woman; either me or Madame Merkel". "Everyone said it was impossible".

After the most closely watched and unpredictable French presidential campaign in recent memory, many voters rejected the runoff choices altogether.

French voting stations in Beirut witnessed a low voter turnout for the second round of presidential elections on Sunday, local media reported.

Congratulatory messages poured in from overseas.

But with the vote over, the French public will quickly expect Macron to bring a sense of unity to the fractured country.

Macron won 24 percent of the vote and Le Pen finished second with 21.3 percent as France's traditional left and right parties were eliminated in the first round for the first time since the start of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

"A new page in our long history has turned tonight", Macron said in a statement to Reuters on Sunday. Until now, modern France had been governed either by the Socialists or the conservatives. Le Pen, who is a fiery speaker with a laser-focused message, was expected to clobber Macron, who has little political experience. "My life is here, you can not work well if you are not happy", Mr Macron said in his last staff meeting after he resigned from the Hollande government in August 2016.

Macron had served as economy minister in the outgoing, deeply unpopular government of President Francois Hollande. After he founded a movement called En Marche!

Just one poll, but interesting. I'm not particularly happy with the European Union as it is. Thus, he won support of 95.7% of voters in NY. "So there might be a drop in the Front National vote, but if the situation is bad in 2022 [at the time of the next presidential election], they could rise again". That hasn't happened. First in Austria, then in the Netherlands, and now in France, the spiritual home of European democracy, the extremists have been defeated in national elections. "This majority to carry out change is what the country is hoping for and what the country deserves", said Macron, who now needs to focus on getting a majority in the lower house of parliament at elections in June.

"I call on all patriots to join us", Le Pen said.

You have left for this month.

Her supporters at a National Front election night gathering in Paris put on a fearless face. "I am the candidate of the nation that protects - that protects our jobs, that protects the security of our fellow citizens, our borders, protects us against unfair worldwide competition and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism".

Le Pen cast a ballot in her northern stronghold of Henin-Beaumont, where bare-breasted Femen activists climbed scaffolding on a church and unfurled a banner reading: "Power for Marine, despair for Marianne", referring to the symbol of France. She said that the vote confirms her National Front party and its allies as the leader of France's opposition.

Some 47 million people are eligible to vote.

The run-off vote pits the pro-Europe, pro-business Macron against anti-immigration, anti-EU Le Pen, two radically different visions that underline a split in Western democracies.

Before markets closed Friday, the euro dipped against the pound. In August 2014, he was appointed as a minister to oversee economy, industry and digital affairs in Prime Minister Manuel Valls government. (Onward!) in April 2016, advisers warned Hollande that the man whom the president had once described as his spiritual son was preparing to run against him.


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