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French far-right leader Le Pen concedes defeat

French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen delivers a speech at the Pavillon d'Armenonville in Paris on April 24, 2022 after the announcement of the first projections by polling firms of the French presidential election's second round results. (Thomas SAMSON / AFP)
French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen delivers a speech at the Pavillon d'Armenonville in Paris on April 24, 2022 after the announcement of the first projections by polling firms of the French presidential election's second round results. (Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has conceded defeat in the presidential runoff, handing victory to incumbent Emmanuel Macron.

She says her unprecedented score in a presidential election represents “a shining victory in itself.”

“The ideas we represent are reaching summits,” she says.

French polling agencies are projecting that centrist Macron has won the runoff against Le Pen.

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