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Defeated Le Pen congratulates Macron

French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen says she has called Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him on his victory and says the vote confirms her National Front party and its allies as the leader of France’s opposition.

Minutes after the first results were released on Sunday, Le Pen said she would call for a new political force as legislative elections loom in June.

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Le Pen received 35 per cent of the votes cast for a candidate, according to polling agency projections, compared with 65 per cent for Macron.

She hinted that her party may rename itself from the National Front, which has been dogged by allegations of racism and anti-Semitism since it was founded by her father.

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