PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 7, 2017) (REUTERS) – Cheers rang out in central Paris on Sunday evening (May 7) as Emmanuel Macron was declared France’s next president.
The election results were projected on big screens inside bustling cafes on Rue Montorgueil, just a short walk from Macron’s official victory party outside the capital’s famous Louvre museum.
While most said they were relieved to have avoided France’s first far-right leader Marine Le Pen, others like Vincent Delaporte told Reuters TV that it was a bittersweet ending to a bitterly fought election campaign.
“We voted more against someone than in favour of someone,” he said.
First projections showed Macron won 65.1 percent of the vote.