A world disaster has been averted as center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron defeated his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s French election by a comfortable 65.1% to 34.9%, according to several news reports.
Macron’s victory comes after a massive hacking attack on his campaign database over the weekend which saw hundreds of thousands of private emails and official documents dumped online, The Guardian reports. French citizens, however, did not make the same mistake America did in the 2016 elections.
At 39, Macron, who was endorsed by former president Barack Obama, will become France’s youngest president and has pulled off a remarkable feat. He has never held elected office, and just over a year ago his political movement En Marche! did not even exist, according to The Telegraph.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has been quick off the mark, releasing a statement through a Downing Street spokesperson:
“The Prime Minister warmly congratulates 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 shared priorities.”
Macron’s victory is a defeat for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, who worked behind the scenes to help Le Pen get elected.