The victory was the latest in a series of victories for parties and politicians on the right (Image: GETTY)
The controversial leader said the result “confirms the new nationalist-globalist division in France and beyond”. Her National Rally party recorded around 24 percent of the vote, which was slightly down on 2014 but higher than Mr Macron’s Renaissance group on 22.5 percent. The victory was the latest in a series of victories for parties and politicians on the right.
Mr Macron said in a statement there was “some disappointment” that his party had lost first place in the polls to Ms Le Pen.
Ms Le Pen’s group was still jubilated to win, despite the slight decrease in votes.
According to Politico, Jordan Bardella, from the RN, said: “The French people have clearly punished the president tonight, and taught him a lesson in humility.
"Tonight, it’s him and his policies who have been rejected.”
He added: “The European Union defended by the president