Lunes, 28 May, 2018

French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

Emmanuel Macron French presidential candidate waves to supporters in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris France on Sunday French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead
Tobias Pedroso | 09 May, 2017, 12:10

While Macron's win had been widely anticipated, the election had cast a long shadow over the continent as the defeated candidate, the far-right Marine Le Pen, had wanted France to exit the 28-nation European Union, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the region and its euro currency.

Macron yesterday laid the groundwork for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement, and appearing with his predecessor at a solemn World War II commemoration.

"I will always be at his side", Hollande added.

Always a fighter defying the odds, the ambitious Le Pen set a new challenge for herself: "a profound reformation of our movement to constitute a new political force".

She vowed "to bring together all those who wish to choose France, to defend its independence, its freedom, its prosperity, its security, its identity and its social model".

In an early plea for unity, Macron reached out to Le Pen's supporters after their vicious election battle.

At Macron's victory party outside the Louvre on Sunday, the classical music lover walked on to the stage to the strains of "Ode to Joy", the anthem of the European Union, rather than France's La Marseillaise, which was saved for the end of his speech.

En Marche enters next month's legislative elections without an established power base.

The National Front also geared up for a name change - if not a makeover of its ideas - after Le Pen's decisive loss.

The candidates in the French presidential election that ended over the weekend bore a resemblance to the ones who ran in the USA previous year. She thanked 11 million people who voted for her.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "very happy" and claimed that the young French president bore the hopes of Europeans. He conducted a fearless, pro-European campaign. "He led a courageous, pro-European campaign".

But for the first time in the country's post-war history, France's new leader does not have a big party machine behind him, after the two main parties, the Republicans and Socialists, crashed out in the first round of the presidential election.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin said the French result sent a message that Putin's worldview has been "rejected by European voters".

Macron won the presidency with 66 percent of votes cast for a candidate but the vote saw a high number of blank or spoiled votes and unusually low turnout.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters in Washington on May 8 that Trump called Macron earlier in the day to congratulate the French president-elect.

Marine Le Pen was soundly defeated, but the shape of France's new government is far from settled.

"In these conditions it is especially important to overcome mutual mistrust and unite efforts to ensure Global stability and security", Putin told Macron.

But the news of Macron's victory landed rather flat with conservative media.

Moscow has rejected accusations of interfering in the election campaign, as it has rejected similar charges out of Berlin and Washington.

The pomp of the ceremony, at the imposing Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris, immediately helped lend a presidential air to the previously untested leader who fought and won his first election.