Macron’s supporters celebrate as Le Pen’s backers react with dismay


Emmanuel Macron’s supporters celebrated at the Eiffel Tower, while Marine Le Pen’s backers reacted with dismay, as the French leader became the first person to be re-elected in 20 years. 

The centrist, 44, defeated his far-right rival, 53, on Sunday by a comfortable margin, securing a second term and heading off what would have been a political earthquake.

Cheers of joy erupted as the results appeared on a giant screen at the Champ de Mars park at the foot of the Eiffel tower, where Macron supporters waved French and EU flags. People hugged each other, danced and chanted ‘Macron!’ and ‘Five more years!’.

Le Pen, who at one stage of the campaign had trailed Macron by just a few points in opinion polls, quickly admitted defeat but vowed to keep up the fight, with parliamentary elections looming in June.

‘I will never abandon the French,’ she said to supporters chanting ‘Marine! Marine!’

Supporters of Marine Le Pen react as it is projected that France’s centrist incumbent president Emmanuel Macron has beaten his far-right rival

French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) presidential candidate Le Pen (R) is applauded by supporters as she embraces her mother Pierrette in Paris

French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) presidential candidate Le Pen (R) is applauded by supporters as she embraces her mother Pierrette in Paris

Parisians celebrate in Le Carillon, a scene of the November 13th terrorist attacks

Parisians celebrate in Le Carillon, a scene of the November 13th terrorist attacks

Emmanuel Macron's supporters celebrated at the Eiffel Tower, while Marine Le Pen's backers reacted with dismay, as the French leader became the first person to be re-elected in 20 years

Emmanuel Macron’s supporters celebrated at the Eiffel Tower, while Marine Le Pen’s backers reacted with dismay, as the French leader became the first person to be re-elected in 20 years

Cheers of joy erupted as the results appeared on a giant screen at the Champ de Mars park at the foot of the Eiffel tower, where Macron supporters waved French and EU flags

Cheers of joy erupted as the results appeared on a giant screen at the Champ de Mars park at the foot of the Eiffel tower, where Macron supporters waved French and EU flags

People hugged each other, danced and chanted 'Macron!' and ‘Five more years!’

People hugged each other, danced and chanted ‘Macron!’ and ‘Five more years!’

People watch the television in a bar showing as the news breaks that Macron has won

People watch the television in a bar showing as the news breaks that Macron has won

Customers react as a television displays the results in France's presidential election, at a bar in Paris

Customers react as a television displays the results in France’s presidential election, at a bar in Paris

Former minister Elisabeth Guigou (C) et actress Rachel Khan (R) wait prior to the arrival of French President

Former minister Elisabeth Guigou (C) et actress Rachel Khan (R) wait prior to the arrival of French President

Customers react as a television displays the results in France's presidential election at a bar in Paris

Customers react as a television displays the results in France’s presidential election at a bar in Paris

Supporters of far-right leader Marine Le Pen react as they hear the early result projections of the French presidential election

Supporters of far-right leader Marine Le Pen react as they hear the early result projections of the French presidential election

Members of the photographer's family watch the announcement of the presidential election

Members of the photographer’s family watch the announcement of the presidential election

A supporter holds a French flag after the victory of Macron

A supporter holds a French flag after the victory of Macron

A man watches the sunset from the Old Port of Marseille shortly before the vote closes

A man watches the sunset from the Old Port of Marseille shortly before the vote closes

Supporters of French President Emmanuel Macron react as the first election projections are announced

Supporters of French President Emmanuel Macron react as the first election projections are announced

Le Pen, who at one stage of the campaign had trailed Macron by just a few points in opinion polls, quickly admitted defeat but vowed to keep up the fight, with parliamentary elections looming in June

Le Pen, who at one stage of the campaign had trailed Macron by just a few points in opinion polls, quickly admitted defeat but vowed to keep up the fight, with parliamentary elections looming in June

Supporters of French President Emmanuel Macron hold placards reading 'Emmanuel Macron With You'

Supporters of French President Emmanuel Macron hold placards reading ‘Emmanuel Macron With You’

Parisians celebrate in Le Carillon as France's centrist incumbent president Macron wins

Parisians celebrate in Le Carillon as France’s centrist incumbent president Macron wins

A Parisian watches the results of the French Presidential Election in Le Carillon

A Parisian watches the results of the French Presidential Election in Le Carillon

Parisians celebrate in Le Carillon, a scene of the November 13th terrorist attacks

Parisians celebrate in Le Carillon, a scene of the November 13th terrorist attacks

A supporter of Macron celebrates reports of his victory on Sunday

A supporter of Macron celebrates reports of his victory on Sunday

'I will never abandon the French,' she said to supporters chanting 'Marine! Marine!'

‘I will never abandon the French,’ she said to supporters chanting ‘Marine! Marine!’

Supporters of Marine Le Pen are left in shock as Macron wins the presidential election

Supporters of Marine Le Pen are left in shock as Macron wins the presidential election 

Anarchist activists protests after announcement of French presidential election against both presidential candidates

Anarchist activists protests after announcement of French presidential election against both presidential candidates

Tiphaine Auziere, daughter of French first Lady Brigitte Macron, and French politicians stand next to the stage before Macron delivers a speech

Tiphaine Auziere, daughter of French first Lady Brigitte Macron, and French politicians stand next to the stage before Macron delivers a speech

Supporters of far-right leader Le Pen gather on stage after the early official results of the French presidential election

Supporters of far-right leader Le Pen gather on stage after the early official results of the French presidential election

Policemen run towards an anarchist protest inside Les Halles shopping mall in Paris

Policemen run towards an anarchist protest inside Les Halles shopping mall in Paris

Macron defeated Le Pen in the final round of France's presidential election

Macron defeated Le Pen in the final round of France’s presidential election

This is the second consecutive time the two candidates face-off in the final round of elections

This is the second consecutive time the two candidates face-off in the final round of elections

Police officers stand in clouds of tear gas as they follow far left demonstrators in Lyon, central France

Police officers stand in clouds of tear gas as they follow far left demonstrators in Lyon, central France

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