39-year old Emmanuel Macron has been voted in as President of France, becoming the country’s youngest head of state since Napoleon.

Macron, who has never held an elected office before, defeated his far-Right rival Marine Le Pen. He won a reported 65 to 66 percent of the votes cast.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who voted for me,” began Mr Macron in his victory speech.

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He added: “I will defend Europe; it is our civilisation which is at stake… I will work to rebuild ties between Europe and its citizens.”

“Tonight, France won,” he said to rapturous crowds, adding that “Europe and the world are watching us.”

His victory has been greeted with warm welcome by the rest of Europe, with German chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Theresa May both expressing their approval.

Le Pen has already conceded defeat, and thanked the 11 million voters who supported her.