French presidential election: Macron triumphs

West Ezenwa congratulates Macron on his re-election

French presidential election: Macron triumphs        To start with  The abstention percentage in the presidential election run-off was 28 percent, according to official figures, the highest in any presidential election run-off since 1969.

President Emmanuel Macron was reelected in France on Sunday, April 24, with 58.5 percent of the vote, compared to 41.5 percent for his rival, far-right contender Marine Le Pen, in the country’s presidential election. Mr. Macron becomes the first French president to be re-elected in 20 years as a result of his election victory.

 

 

 

 

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In 2017, the same two candidates met in the run-off round, with M. Macron winning with more than 66 percent of the vote. This year’s result is even closer than in 2017.

M. Macron will become the first French president to be reelected since Jacques Chirac in 2002, following the departure from office of his predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande after only one term in office.

He delivered his victory address on the Champ-de-Mars in central Paris, near the foot of the Eiffel Tower, where flag-waving supporters burst out in applause when the projections appeared at 8:00 p.m., prompting a standing ovation.

 

 

 

French presidential election: Macron triumphs

 

 

After stepping onto the platform to the tune of the “Ode to Joy,” the European Union’s anthem, he began his speech with a simple “Thank you!” and expressed gratitude to the French people for re-electing him to a fifth term as president.

Mr. Macron also expressed gratitude to those who voted for him, not because they agreed with his policies, but because they wanted to see off far-right challenger Marine Le Pen’s candidacy. “I’m no longer the candidate of a single political party, but the president of all of us,” he declared. While he was being applauded by several hundred fans waving French and EU flags during his victory address, Macron added, “No one will be left by the side of the road.”

The relatively comfortable margin of victory will give Macron some confidence as he prepares to serve a second five-year term, but the election also represents the closest the far-right has ever come to gaining political power in France, according to the French government.

According to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, head of the French leftist party, Marine Le Pen’s defeat is “really good news for the unity of our people,” and he has promised to lead the opposition to Emmanuel Macron’s party in the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

Macron’s “presidential monarchy” is “survived by default and under the constraint of a biased option,” according to M. Mélenchon, who narrowly missed out on a second round spot by a few hundred thousand votes and had encouraged his followers not to cast “a single vote” for Ms. Le Pen in the first round.

At the end of his speech, Mélenchon urged M. Macron’s detractors to vote in the June parliamentary elections in order to “choose a different path” and elect a majority of leftist members to the French National Assembly. M. Mélenchon stated that he would be willing to serve as the leader of an opposition government. The French socialist leader has called for “courage, action, and determination,” as well as a refusal to accept “fate and resignation.”
More information about this subject Before the presidential run-off, Emmanuel Macron makes an appeal to supporters of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

 

 

 

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An election victory for Ms. Le Pen, who has been accused by her opponents of having cozy ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, would have sent shockwaves around the world comparable to the 2016 polls that resulted in the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union and the United States voting to elect Donald Trump.

The reelection of President Macron has been greeted with rapid congratulations from European leaders and lawmakers, as his far-right opponent conceded defeat.

“Together, we will move France and Europe forward,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a French-language Twitter message.

The Dutch prime minister also expressed his desire to “maintain our vast and fruitful cooperation in the EU and NATO” via a French-language tweet.

Political leaders across the political spectrum in Germany expressed support, including those from the pro-business Free Democrats, the environmentalist Greens, and the conservative Christian Social Union (Christian Social Union). Many in Europe were concerned that Le Pen’s election would erode European unity and the post-World War II order.

Abstention

France’s President Emmanuel Macron will be looking for a less challenging second term that would allow him to put into effect his agenda of more pro-business reform and closer EU integration after a first term that was overshadowed by riots, then the epidemic, and then Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, he will have to win over those who backed his opponents as well as the millions of French who did not bother to cast their ballots.

The abstention percentage reached slightly more than 28 percent, the highest for any presidential election run-off since 1969 and the highest for any presidential election since 1948.

The conclusion of the first round of voting on April 10 had placed Macron in a strong but not impregnable position to win a second term as President of the Republic.

It was a top objective for Macron throughout the second part of the campaign to persuade supporters of hard-left third-place candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon to hold their noses and vote for the former investment banker.

As a result, Macron will need to guarantee that his party maintains strong grassroots support in the legislative elections that will take place immediately after the presidential election in June, in order to prevent any unpleasant “cohabitation” with a prime minister who does not share his political ideas.

Pension reform is underway.

High on his priority list is pension reform, which includes raising the French retirement age, which Macron has argued is necessary for the country’s finances but which is likely to face fierce opposition and protests in the coming months.

As a result, he will have to return from the campaign route as soon as possible to deal with the Russian offensive against Ukraine, which is being fueled by pressure on France to increase arms supplies to Kiev and evidence that President Vladimir Putin is losing interest in any form of diplomacy.

Her third defeat in presidential polls will be a tough pill to swallow after she has invested years of work into making herself electable and separating her party from the history of its founder, her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, and his political organization, the National Front.

Many of her opponents said that her party had never ceased to be extreme-right and racist, while Macron regularly cited her vow to prevent Muslims from wearing their headscarves in public if she were to win the election.

She has indicated that this may be her final campaign, and speculation is anticipated to increase regarding the future of her party and the French far-right, which divided throughout the campaign….

When Jean-Marie Le Pen advanced to the second round of the 2002 presidential election, the outcome startled France, and he received less than 18 percent of the vote in the ensuing run-off against Jacques Chirac.

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