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Macron wins second term as president: How did election night unfold?

French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech after being re-elected
French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech after being re-elected Copyright Thomas COEX / AFP
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By Lauren Chadwick
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French President Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

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French President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected on Sunday with 58.6% of the vote share compared to 41.4% for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

The two candidates had presented fundamentally different visions of France and Macron acknowledged in a victory speech that many voters supported him only to counter the far-right. He called on the divided population to be "benevolent and respectful" and promised a "new era".

Abstention was estimated by pollster Ipsos to be at around 28% nationally, which would be the highest since 1969, with many voters rejecting a repeat of the 2017 election.

Here's a look at how election night unfolded.

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