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Emmanuel Macron wins French presidency, firmly beats Marine Le Pen

Eleena Tovar | 08 May, 2017, 15:22

Emmanuel Macron won an emphatic victory in France's presidential election yesterday, comfortably defeating far-right opponent Marine Le Pen with 66 per cent of the vote.

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron's inauguration will be held by the end of the coming week at the Elysee palace. U.S. President Donald Trump, who all but endorsed Ms. Le Pen, issued a cool two-sentence statement to congratulate Mr. Macron on his victory.

The outgoing French president, Francois Hollande, who is the record holder of the all-time presidential lowest approval rating in France of 4 percent, has "warmly congratulated" Macron on his victory.

A whole host of other world leaders and Hollywood stars took to Twitter on Sunday to offer their congratulations to Macron and their relief at his victory.

"The French results show that the extreme right and its brand of populist nationalism is now in the mainstream".

Macron's victory in France has marked an end of far-right populism which had gripped the western world over the past year and lead to the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's victory in the USA presidential elections.

Macron becomes not only France's youngest-ever president but also one of its most unlikely.

It also marks decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Le Pen's brand of populism. They elected Emmanuel Macron, a political newcomer and former investment banker, who's calling for open borders and a commitment to free trade. The far-left, communist-backed candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who lost narrowly in the first round, refused to guide his supporters toward Macron or Le Pen.

Although his presidential candidacy had support from other political parties, much of it stemmed from the need to defeat Ms. Le Pen.

Yet his was not quite the united vote France mustered against the National Front in 2002.

Despite losing to Macron by around 35 percent to 65, Le Pen did almost twice as well as her father did when he reached the second round of the election in 2002, but fell short of the 40 percent party officials had said would be a success. "I just hope now we will rebound for the parliamentary elections".

In a speech she thanked the 11 million people who had voted for her. "If you look at the larger picture, it is an improvement for her". Former Socialist PM Manuel Valls celebrated the 80 percent voter approval of Macron in his constituency of Ville d'Evry. And her father Jean-Marie said her campaign had been undermined by its proposals to quit the euro and the European Union, suggesting they might temper policies that spooked many French voters. Hollande himself realized he was unelectable and decided not to run again.

Macron takes charge of a nation that, when Britain leaves the European Union in 2019, will become the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Clinton also said it was a defeat for Russian attempts to interfere in another election after Friday's hacked email dump created to smear Macron.

France has been in a state of emergency since then and 50,000 security forces safeguarded Sunday's vote. Mr. Macron has defied the odds so far, and will benefit from a groundswell of goodwill from most French voters and world leaders.

On Europe, Macron said he would work to rebuild links between Europe and the people that form it.

Domestically, Macron inherits a deeply troubled and divided nation of 67 million people.

But the vote also showed that France's 67 million people are deeply divided, riven by anxieties about terrorism and chronic unemployment, anxious about the cultural and economic impact of immigration and fearful of France's ability to compete against giants like China and Google.