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Macron beats Le Pen to win second term as French president

Incumbent bests rival in rematch, but far-right makes gains

French President Emmanuel Macron defeated his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, by a comfortable margin.   © Reuters

PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron was reelected to a second five-year term Sunday, again fending off far-right challenger Marine Le Pen, as voters of all stripes turned out to block a tilt toward extremism.

Macron drew 58.8% of the vote in the runoff, against Le Pen's 41.2%, according to public media organization Franceinfo.

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