Emmanuel Macron Wins the French Presidential Election

French President Emmanuel Macron was clearly re-elected on Sunday for a second five-year term, but his rival Marine Le Pen takes the far right to the highest level and intends to continue the battle in the June legislative elections.

The outgoing head of state obtained a fairly imposing victory with 57.6 to 58.2% of the vote, according to estimates, a gain however tempered by a strong abstention.

The French have therefore chosen to renew a centrist liberal and very pro-European president in the face of a radical candidate who has national priority at the heart of her project and who is extremely critical of the European Union.

Dear Emmanuel Macron, congratulations on your re-election […]. I look forward to continuing our excellent cooperation. Together, we will move France and Europe forward, European Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen reacted on Twitter.

In this turbulent period, we need a solid Europe and a France totally committed to a more sovereign and more strategic EU, reacted the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

Gathered at the Champ-de-Mars in Paris, under the Eiffel Tower, supporters of Emmanuel Macron chanted And one, and two, and five more years! before a disc jockey started mixing music less than ten minutes after the estimates were announced.

Emmanuel Macron, 44, is the first French president to be re-elected for a second term in 20 years since Jacques Chirac, in 2002, against the father of Marine Le Pen, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

After winning the second round of the French presidential election, Emmanuel Macron addressed his supporters.

However, this election is part of a context of record abstention, estimated at 27.8% by the FIFG, an unprecedented rate for a second round since 1969 (31.3%).

The reflex of the Republican front or the barrage on the far right, which had worked five years ago, has this time been less and the elections highlight a country that is largely fractured.

By way of comparison, Mr. Macron won 66.10% of the vote in 2017, well ahead of Ms. Le Pen (33.90%).

At 53, with a score between 41.8 and 42.4%, Ms Le Pen is taking the far right to a record level in France, auguring difficult times for the re-elected president, whose first challenge will be to obtain a majority in the June legislative elections.

The ideas that we represent reach new heights, declared Mrs Le Pen, welcoming the compatriots from the provinces, the countryside and overseas, this too forgotten France, we do not forget it.

She also announced her desire to continue the political fight. We are launching the great electoral battle of the legislative elections this evening, she said to thunderous applause from her supporters.

Following her defeat in the second round of the French presidential election, Marine Le Pen addressed her supporters.

The leader of the radical left, Jean-Luc Melenchon, eliminated in the first round but arrived in third position, also wanted to promise electoral hell in the legislative elections of June 12 and 19 to Emmanuel Macron, poorly elected president. The third round begins tonight, he said.

Macron’s challenges
Emmanuel Macron will have the task of bringing together divided French people and responding to a very significant anger since the crisis of the demonstrations of the yellow vests of 2018-2019, which has never really been resolved.

It will also have to respond to the anxieties aroused by the succession of crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the war in Ukraine.

During his last major meeting, in Marseille, a week ago, Mr. Macron, much criticized for his green balance sheet, promised that a new five-year term under his reign would be ecological or would not be and announced a renewal of the Politics.

Often described as the president of the rich, the president has multiplied his gestures towards this left-wing electorate, seeming ready to make concessions on certain points, in particular his controversial and emblematic pension reform, which he failed to implement in the during his first term.

These promises were not enough to lower the abstention rate during this second round, which also fell at the start of the school holidays, nor to generate a strong membership vote.

 

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French President Emmanuel Macron was clearly re-elected on Sunday for a second five-year term, but his rival Marine Le Pen takes the far right to the highest level and intends to continue the battle in the June legislative elections.

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