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The Grand Mosque of Paris welcomed on Sunday the victory of centrist Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election and his win over far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

The polls placed Macron first with 63.10 percent ahead of Le Pen who got 36.90 percent of the votes in the run-off round. The initial percentages can change slightly as the rest of the votes are counted.

The election of Macron is a "sign of a France reconciled with all its spiritual and religious components in order to respond in unity to the threats of division which weigh upon the nation," the Grand Mosque of Paris said in a statement.


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