Macron projected victor in French election, 65-35

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Overcoming the setback of a major data breach Friday, centrist Emmanuel Macron is the projected winner over far-right Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election.

Exit polls give Macron a 65-35 percent victory, an even more substantial victory than the 60-40 lead he was estimated to hold in the run-up to the vote. Le Pen has conceded the race, and the Macron campaign will hold a victory rally at the Louvre in Paris Sunday evening.

At 39, Macron will become the French government's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte. This is his first elected position; his independent political movement, En Marche!, is just a year old.

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