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>> He's done it, the man who 12 months ago hadn't even formed his political party looks to have won the French presidency. I'm Reuters reporter Mia Womersley here by the iconic pyramid of the Louvre Museum in central Paris. Where the crowds are going wild for the 39-year-old independent centrist, who looks to have won the vote with around 65%.
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Emmanuel Macron has pushed aside the wave of populism that sought to put Marine Le Pen, the right-wing leader, in power and potentially take France out of Europe. It's been an evening of high drama here. Many supporters I spoke to say they arrived hours ago in order to ensure that they had a prime spot for when the results were announced.
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And all of them waiting now for Emmanuel Macron himself to appear onstage. Many of them were extremely confident before those numbers came up on screen. But one woman did say that despite her certainty that Macron would come out on top, that the fact that Marine Le Pen could win up to 40% of the vote is extremely worrying.
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Security here has been extremely tight throughout the day. There are around 50,000 police officers on duty across the country. And here, this exact area early today was evacuated for two hours after a security scare. This election has done away with the traditional left-right divide that's dominated this country's politics for decades.
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And this result shows that France was ready for something new. And they're certainly going to get that. Emmanuel Macron has never held elected office, and he has no seats in parliament. But before fervent supporters here get too excited, Macron may struggle to get a centrist majority in parliament.
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That might mean he has to cohabit with the right-wing conservatives, and may have to compromise on some of the promises that got him here today.