France’s hotly contested presidential election showdown between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen sees historically low voter turnout.  Macron, the clear lead in exit polls, has won the election and will be France’s next president.

Le Pen has phoned Macron to concede and to congratulate him.

The Telegraph reports:

Mr Macron has won the election with a substantial majority of 65 per cent, according to the latest exit polls.

France’s polling agencies say that makes him the victor, and the next president of France.

Macron took to the stage for a mic check in anticipation of his victory speech.

A media blackout in France led journos to other European media, where the election was called early for Macron.

Watch the report:

President Trump took to Twitter to congratulate Macron.

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