Emmnauel Macron has been elected the next President of France, becoming the country’s youngest president in history.
According to exit polls, Macron, a 39-year-old pro-business centrist, beat Front National leader Marine Le Pen with 65 per cent of vote in Sunday’s election.
A former investment banker, Macron served for two years under President François Hollande as Minister of Economy, Industry, and Digital Data.
Le Pen conceded to Macron in a phone call and vowed to become major force of opposition.
“Our patriotic and republican alliance will be the primary force of opposition to the programme of the new president,” Le Pen said on Sunday.
Following the victory, Macron supporters waved French and European Union flags.
British Prime Minister, Theresa May congratulated Macron, through her spokesman.
“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,” said the spokesman.
The victory comes after a massive hacking attack on Mr Macron’s campaign database over the weekend which saw hundreds of thousands of private emails and official documents dumped online.