Results are projected before Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, delivers a concession speech at the Chalet du Lac in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris after the second round of 2017 French presidential election, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Politico: Emmanuel Macron wins French presidency by beating Le Pen
Centrist pledges to bring country together after big runoff victory over far-right leader.
PARIS — Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday, winning more than 65 percent of the vote to beat far-right rival Marine Le Pen in a runoff.
Projections based on partial results gave the centrist Macron between 65.5 and 65.9 percent — a stronger-than-expected victory and a stunning achievement for a novice to electoral politics who, at 39, will be modern France’s youngest president. And in an election watched closely on both sides of the Atlantic, his win is also the third consecutive setback for European populist parties who preached a mix of Trump-style nationalism and protectionism to voters fed up with conventional politics.
The former investment banker and economy minister pledged to renew French public life in a short and sober address after the result was announced. But he struck a more upbeat note in a triumphal rally outside the Louvre palace later in the evening, arriving to the strains of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the European Union’s anthem, as thousands of supporters cheered and waved French flags.
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WNU Editor: What do I expect .... he will continue former Socialist President François Hollande policies with a few caveats .... a greater embrace of globalism, and a more open immigration and refugee asylum policy. In short .... a doubling down on his predecessors policies. Because of his huge win .....he also has a clear mandate to implement these policies .... and I expect him to do just that in the coming months. A friend of mine who is a French citizen and who lives behind my home in Montreal explained to me tonight on why Emmanuel Macron won today. In short (and I am paraphrasing) ....
.... His base strongly believe that the role of government is to provide a job for everyone .... at a good salary with benefits .... delivering an early retirement with a full pension. Emmanuel Macron was successful in convincing french voters that he is going to deliver just that .... and they believed him. As for Le Pen .... she articulated a completely opposite point of view .... anti-globalism/anti-open borders/anti-government .... and it was a point of view that was clearly not at all appetising for a majority of the voters. Hence her crushing defeat ... that was further helped by an overwhelmingly negative press.
My prediction .... this euphoria over Emmanuel Macron is real and it is going to last for the next few years. I also do not expect him to deliver on his promises of economic prosperity ... in fact .... it will be far from it. I know that there are going to be a lot of disappointed people a few years from now .... I am old enough to have seen this type of politician before (and more than once) .... but for now .... the majority in France believe they are on the right track. Sighhhh .... so be it.