Emmanuel Macron elected French president

Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.

The centrist's emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France's mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president.

With the vast bulk of votes counted, Macron had around 65.5 percent to Le Pen's 34.5 - a gap wider than the 20 or so percentage points that pre-election surveys had suggested.

Source: VOV5