Emmanuel Macron on Sunday was elected to become the youngest president in the history of the French Republic and the country's youngest leader since Napoleon despite tens of thousands of documents from his campaign leaking days before and a nationalistic surge in his country.
Macron won about 65 percent of the vote, according to initial estimates, and his competitor — National Front leader Marine Le Pen — called him to congratulate him on his victory minutes after the polls closed. Official results are expected to be available later on Sunday.
A political independent who formed his own movement outside France's traditional party structure, the 39-year-old Macron is now tasked with convincing the French that a former investment banker can calm Gallic economic worries and fight off terrorism and growing concern over Islamic extremism inside his country's borders. On Sunday, he sounded ready for the fight.
"My responsibility will be to allay fears, to make sure that we become more optimistic," he said. "To find again the spirit of conquest which determines France more than anything."