Macron defeats Le Pen for the French presidency

Ripping up France’s political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream of far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

Macron, who had never run for office before, celebrated with thousands of jubilant, flag-waving supporters outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday night.

The European anthem “Ode to Joy” played as he strode out to address the swelling crowd.

“France has won!” he said. “Everyone said it was impossible. But they do not know France!”

Marine Le Pen, his far-right opponent in the runoff, quickly called the 39-year-old Macron to concede after voters rejected her “French-first” nationalism by a large margin. Le Pen’s performance punctured her hopes that the populist wave which swept Donald Trump into the White House and led Britain to vote to leave the EU would also carry her to France’s presidential Elysee Palace. (AP)

Here’s a look – from stump speeches to protests – at the last days of the battle between Macron and Le Pen, leading up to victory for the French presidency.

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Emmanuel Macron and Francois Hollande

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron, left, and outgoing President Francois Hollande, attend a ceremony to mark the end of World War II at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Monday, May 8, 2017. Macron defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen handily in Sunday’s presidential vote, and now must pull together a majority for his year-old political movement by mid-June legislative elections. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)

Front page ad for L’Express featuring Emmanuel Macron

A woman looks toward a poster of the front cover of L’Express, with the picture of the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, May 8, 2017. Macron defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s presidential vote. (Chesnot/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron waving hand

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron waves as he attends a ceremony to mark Victory Day in Paris, May 8, 2017. Macron appeared alongside current President Francois Hollande in commemoration of the end of World War II, marking the day of the formal German defeat in World War II. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Man holding up photo of Emmanual Macron

Supporters celebrate at a rally for French president-elect Emmanuel Macron, outside the Louvre in Paris, May 7, 2017. (Gyori Antoine /Corbis via Getty Images)

Police near newsstand image of Emmanuel Macron

French police stand near a newsstand with a magazine cover showing French president-elect Emmanuel Macron, on the Champs Elysees in Paris, May 8, 2017. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

Emmanuel Macron greeting veterans

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron, center, greets veterans during a ceremony to mark Victory Day in Paris, France, Monday, May 8, 2017. French president-elect Emmanuel Macron, will appear Monday alongside current President Francois Hollande in commemoration of the end of World War II. Monday, a national holiday, marks the day of the formal German defeat in World War II. (Francois Mori, Pool via AP)

Francois Hollande and Emmanuel Macron

Current French President Francois Hollande, left, and president-elect Emmanuel Macron attend a ceremony to mark the end of World War II at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Monday, May 8, 2017. (Stephane De Sakutin/Pool/Reuters)

Person holding mask of Marine Le Pen

A person holds a mask of France’s National Front (FN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, as people gather with French and European Union flags near the Eiffel Tower the day after France’s presidential elections, in Paris, May 8, 2017. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

Emmanuel Macron speaking to supporters

Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Macron says that France is facing an “immense task” to rebuild European unity, fix the economy and ensure security against extremist threats. (Thomas Samson/Pool Photo via AP)

Emmanuel Macron speaking to supporters

Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Macron says that France is facing an “immense task” to rebuild European unity, fix the economy and ensure security against extremist threats. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron on stage with wife Brigitte Trogneux

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates on stage with wife Brigitte Trogneux during his victory rally near the Louvre museum in Paris, May 7, 2017. (Thomas Samson/Pool/Reuters)

Emmanuel Macron on stage with wife Brigitte Trogneux

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates on stage with wife Brigitte Trogneux during his victory rally near the Louvre museum in Paris, May 7, 2017. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Emmanual Macron walking on stage

Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron walks towards the stage to address his supporters at the Louvre Palace in Paris, Sunday May 7, 2017. Polling agencies have projected that centrist Macron will be France’s next president, putting a 39-year-old political novice at the helm of one of the world’s biggest economies and slowing a global populist wave. (Christophe Ena, Pool via AP)

Marine Le Pen displayed on screen

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is shown on a screen while conceding defeat at the Chalet du Lac in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris, after the second round of 2017 French presidential election, May 7, 2017. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Emmanuel Macron supporters celebrating

Supporters of French independent centrist presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron react outside the Louvre museum in Paris, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)

Emmanuel Macron supporters reacting

Supporters of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, react after announcement in the second round of 2017 French presidential election at En Marche ! local headquarters in Marseille, France, May 7, 2017. (Philippe Laurenson/Reuters)

Emmanuel Macron casting vote

French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot in the presidential runoff election in Le Touquet, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Christophe Ena, Pool via AP)

Marine Le Pen exiting polling booth

French National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen exits a voting booth during the second round of the French presidential election in Henin-Beaumont, France, May 7, 2017. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Emmanuel Macron greeting supporters

French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the polling station after casting his ballot in the presidential runoff election in Le Touquet, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Christophe Ena/AP)

Emmanuel Macron greeting supporters

French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with well-wishers as he leaves the polling station after casting his ballot in the presidential runoff election in Le Touquet, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen electoral documents

Civil servants prepare electoral documents for the second round of 2017 French presidential election between candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in Nice, France, May 3, 2017. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

Far-right leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, Marine Le Pen, surrounded by bodyguards, celebrates with supporters while holding a bunch of flowers after exit poll results of the first round of the presidential election were announced at her election day headquarters in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Polling agency projections show far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron leading in the first-round French presidential election. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

French centrist presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron, center, makes his way at the Whirlpool home appliance factory, Wednesday April 26, 2017 in Amiens, northern France. Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has earlier upstaged Macron as she made a surprise campaign stop to the plant. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron addresses his supporters during an election campaign rally in Arras, northern France, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Battling for France’s blue-collar vote and employing all of her political guile, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen upstaged her centrist rival Macron by making a surprise campaign stop Wednesday to a home appliance factory threatened with closure. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron arrives for an election campaign rally in Arras, northern France, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Battling for France’s blue-collar vote and employing all of her political guile, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen upstaged her centrist rival Macron by making a surprise campaign stop Wednesday to a home appliance factory threatened with closure. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

A supporter of French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron glues a campaign poster, in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, southwestern France, Thursday, April 27, 2017. After “the battle of Whirlpool,” when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France’s blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance factory, the presidential candidates clashed over fish in a return to more traditional campaigning on Thursday. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

Two women pass an election poster for French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen which reads “Choose France” prior to an election campaign rally in Nice, southern France, Thursday April 27, 2017. After “the battle of Whirlpool,” when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France’s blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance factory, the presidential candidates clashed over fish as Le Pen boarded a fishing trawler, in a return to more traditional campaigning on Thursday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

Supporters wave French flags prior to an election campaign rally of French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Nice, southern France, Thursday April 27, 2017. After “the battle of Whirlpool,” when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France’s blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance factory, the presidential candidates clashed over fish as Le Pen boarded a fishing trawler, in a return to more traditional campaigning on Thursday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen addresses supporters during an election campaign rally in Nice, southern France, Thursday April 27, 2017. After “the battle of Whirlpool,” when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France’s blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance factory, the presidential candidates clashed over fish as Le Pen boarded a fishing trawler, in a return to more traditional campaigning on Thursday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

A girl climbs up a dune by a defaced election campaign poster for French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in Bidart, southwestern France, Friday, April 28, 2017. Macron will face far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second-round vote on May 7. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Chatellerault, central France, Friday, April 28, 2017. Macron faces far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen off in a May 7 runoff election. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

Badges go for sale before a campaign meeting for far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, Monday May 1, 2017, in Villepinte, outside Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

Members of the global citizen movement AVAAZ wear masks depicting the face of former National Front party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen with the hair of his daughter and French far-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, as they stage a protest as part of a May Day rally in Paris, France, Monday, May 1st, 2017. With just six days until a French presidential vote that could define Europe’s future, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are holding high-stakes rallies Monday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

Youths shield behind a banner as Paris police are firing tear gas, during the May Day demonstration, Monday May 1, 2017, in Paris. Scores of hooded youth have thrown Molotov cocktails at security forces who fired back with tear gas during the May Day workers’ march in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen waves to supporters during her meeting, Monday May 1, 2017, in Villepinte, outside Paris. With just six days until a French presidential vote that could define Europe’s future, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are holding high-stakes rallies Monday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

A supporter of independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron holds up a poster during a campaign rally in Paris, France, Monday, May 1st, 2017. With just six days until a French presidential vote that could define Europe’s future, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are holding high-stakes rallies Monday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is seen on a large screen as he speaks to his supporters during a campaign rally in Paris, France, Monday, May 1st, 2017. With just six days until a French presidential vote that could define Europe’s future, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are holding high-stakes rallies Monday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

Electoral posters show centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, left, and a defaced poster of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, Wednesday May 3, 2017 in Marseille, southern France. Pro-European progressive Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen are facing off today in their only direct debate before Sunday’s presidential runoff election. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, left, and French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement, Emmanuel Macron, pose prior to the start of a live broadcast face-to-face televised debate in La Plaine-Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 as part of the second round election campaign. Pro-European progressive Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen are facing off in their only direct debate before Sunday’s presidential runoff election. (Eric Feferberg/Pool Photo via AP)

Macron and Le Pen battle for the French presidency

People watch a live broadcast television debate with French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, right, and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, in a restaurant in Lille, northern France, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron exchanged barbs and insults on Wednesday during their sole televised debate ahead of Sunday’s runoff election. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

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