French president-elect Emmanuel Macron triumphs in the runoff.

In Sunday's runoff vote, Emmanuel Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who faced a historic challenge.

This is the first time in 20 years that a French president has been reelected. He and Le Pen qualified for the second round of the presidential election after finishing first and second, respectively, in the first round on April 10.

Despite the fact that the election was a rematch of the French presidential runoff of2017, much of Europe remained nervous.

After all, France relies on Paris to take a leading role in confronting some of today's most pressing global issues—most notably, the conflict in Ukraine—and Le Pen's presidency would have fundamentally altered that relationship.

Macron's message of a globalised, economically liberal France at the helm of a strong European Union triumphed over Le Pen's call for a radical turn inward,

but the 41.45% of voters who chose her put the French far right closer to the presidency than ever before.

French voters are increasingly turning to extreme politicians to express their dissatisfaction with the status quo, as demonstrated by Le Pen's performance.

More than 57% of the votes cast in the first round went to far-left and far-right candidates.

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