Pollsters are officially projecting that Emmanuel Macron will be France's next president. The 39-year-old beat out far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by a projected 65 percent of the vote. Here's what you need to know about him.
1. He was an investment banker.
Before he went into politics professionally, however, Macron spent several years as an investment banker, working for Rothschild from 2008 to 2012.
While his critics tried to use his background in banking against him, Macron spun it as a positive, saying he "learnt a job; every political leader should have one," according to the Financial Times.
2. His marriage has been a source of controversy.
Macron met his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, when he was 15-years-old. Trogneux, who is 24 years older than Macron, was his teacher at the private, catholic school La Providence in Amiens. When he was 17, Macro reportedly told Trogneux he planned to marry her and he made good on that promise in 2007.
Earlier this year, their marriage faced even more controversy when he was accused of having an affair with a man.
"For those who want to spread the rumor that I am deceitful... not only is it unpleasant for Brigitte, but I promise that from morning until night, she shares my whole life with me. She's wondering how I could physically do it," he said, according to CNN.
3. He served under President François Hollande.
In 2014, he was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry, and Digital Data under President François Hollande. He was brought in to replace Arnaud Montebourg, who was known for his protectionist "Made in France" campaign to encourage French people to buy French goods over foreign goods.
As minister, Macron wrote the pro-business law, "Loi Macron," which he penned with Prime Minister Manuel Valls to push the socialist government towards more business-friendly policies. The law was unpopular with both the French population and Parliament. Ultimately, it was passed by decree when Valls invoked a rarely-used clause in the French constitution to push it through without a parliamentary vote. The controversial law was designed to cut back on red tape and boost economic growth.
4. He started his own party.
Under Hollande, Macron served in the Socialist Party, but that isn't the party he ran under. Instead, he launched his own party, En Marche! (Forward!). He explained that his decision to start his own movement came when he realized he had "touched with his own finger, the limits of the system," according to CNN.
Macron made a point during the campaign to make it clear that he does not represent the political establishment.
"What Macron has achieved is incredible. One year ago, this movement did not even exist," Ronain Dupeyre, a lawyer who was involved with his campaign, said according to The Washington Post.
5. He's considered a centrist.
Throughout the election, Macron has been seen as a centrist who is unlikely to bring about radical change.
Unlike many other leading candidates in the election, The Washington Post reported that Macron did not take a firm stance on how to proceed with the state of emergency that was implemented after the November 2015 terrorist attacks. He did, however, stand in favor of immigration and the European Union.