24 April 2017

Youngest president since Napoleon?

French voters have voted in the first round of a tight presidential election Emmanuel Macron to face Marine Le Pen in 7 May run-off, according to projections.

At 39, Emmanuel Macron would be the youngest president of the Republic of France since Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, AFP reports. Louis Napoleon was 40 when he came to power in 1848.

French President François Hollande spoke with Emmanuel Macron by phone to congratulate him for making it through to the run-off.