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Election campaign posters for French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen are displayed in front of the polling station where Marine Le Pen will vote in Henin Beaumont, northern France, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Voting for France's next president starts in overseas territories and French embassies abroad, as a blackout on campaigning descends so that voters can reflect on whether to entrust their country's future to independent Emmanuel Macron or far-right populist Marine Le Pen. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

France has chosen Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen as the country's next president


UPDATE 9:05 p.m. EST: 

President Donald Trump congratulated Emmanuel Macron on becoming France's youngest president ever. 

In a tweet, Trump described Macron's victory over Marine Le Pen as a "big win," adding that he is looking forward to working with the new leader. 

UPDATE 2:37 p.m. EST: 

Marine Le Pen has conceded defeat, telling her supporters that the country has "chosen continuity." 

In the meantime, Emmanuel Macron's supporters have begun to celebrate his decisive win over the far-right candidate. 

UPDATE 2:06 p.m. EST: 

Polling agencies have projected that France's more central candidate, Emmanuel Macron, will become the next president.  

The latest projections have Macron defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen 65 percent to 35 percent. 

The Associated Press contributed to this breaking news update. 

Voters in France today have gone to their polling places to choose a new president, and by extension, potentially determine the path of the Europe as a whole going forward. 

Analysts believe this election will serve as a litmus test for the state of populism in Europe. Le Pen, the far-right candidate, has largely campaigned on an anti-globalization platform, whereas Macron, a more central candidate, simply wants France to change its labor laws. 

Polls opened at 8 a.m. local time in France and will close at 8 p.m, reports FOX News

As of midday in France, turnout is slightly lower than the last election.

Echoing the 2016 U.S. elections, the French election had a cyberattack of its own.

The French election campaign commission announced Saturday that a "significant amount of data" from Macron's campaign had been hacked and released on social networks. 

While the documents and data appear to be harmless, the commission has still asked people to refrain from sharing them, due to an election law mandating a media blackout during the election weekend to avoid influencing election results. 

The source of the hacks and the leeks has yet to be determined. 

The Macron campaign asked the commission to allow cybersecurity agency ANSSI to take a look at the hack. The agency can only be called in to investigate hacks that are "massive and sophisticated." 

The information has largely been circulated on far-right news sites in the United States, rather than in France. 

People on both sides of the election divide have been active on social media today. 

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