Macron's victory could lead to huge growth in wind

France can look forward to a doubling in renewable energy capacity over the coming five years, while energy efficiency will also receive millions in investment. However, the future of nuclear power in France remains a question mark.

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Sunday night, Emmanuel Macron took to the stage in front of the Louvre in Paris. With approximately 66 percent of the vote, the 39-year-old leader of the En Marche party secured a solid mandate to serve as president from French voters, in an election which prompted strong international interest. The liberal politician walked on stage to the tune of Beetoven's Ode to Joy, also known as the EU's anthem.

Congratulations had also been flowing in from EU leaders as soon as the exit poll signalled the anticipated victory at 8:00 pm CET, with many relieved at the announcement that France's leader for the next five years was Macron, and not the far-right, euro-sceptic leader Le Pen.

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