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France: 39-year-old maverick Macron elected president

After a close race against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential election, becoming the country's youngest leader. In his unorthodox private life and short political career, Macron has battled conventions and broken with traditions.

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