PARIS.– In the ballot with the strongest abstention for several decades, French President Emmanuel Macronretained power and will continue to lead Europe’s second largest economy after winning the second round of the presidential election against the leader of the National Group, Marine Le Pen, with 58.2%.
The French went to the polls this Sunday to choose between the interim president, Macron and far-right leader Le Pen. Before the results were in, Macron was already seen as the frontrunner, but the far-right leader was closer to the presidency than ever, in his third run for the executive in France.
To the rhythm of the anthem of joy, the re-elected President of France presented himself at his campaign headquarters, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, in Field of Mars– minutes after 21 (local time). The president was received by thousands of his constituents, who applauded his arrival, accompanied by the first lady, Brigitte Macron.
Macron thanked the activists and political representatives who “made this election possible”.
The re-elected president began his speech from the Champ-de-Mars. “I would like to thank all the French men and women who trusted me in the first and second rounds to achieve a more independent France, a stronger Europe, through investments and profound changes”, he said. declared.
Macron also addressed those who voted for him to prevent Le Pen’s victory. “I also know that many of our compatriots voted for me today, not to support the ideas that I hold but to block the far right,” he said, continuing: “I want to tell you that I am aware that this vote will be for the years to come. I am the custodian of his sense of duty, his attachment to the Republic and the respect for the differences that have been expressed in recent weeks.
In addition, the president made reference to Le Pen voters. The militancy began to whistle, which Macron immediately stopped. “You don’t have to whistle anyone, I always asked them,” he chided, adding, “From this moment on, I am no longer a candidate, but the president of all.”
“The anger that led them to think about this project, it will also be my responsibility and that of those around me. Today’s vote obliges us to react effectively,” Macron said.
Le Pen, moments after the results were known, expressed his gratitude to his constituents. “Millions of people have decided to change, I want to thank those who voted for me”mentioned.
And to add: “I feel hope because this result testifies to the great confidence of the French, which is the aspiration for change.”
A) Yes, France has opted for continuity with a pro-European leaderwho also became the first to be re-elected since 2002 when the conservative Jacques Chirac beat the father of his rival, the far right Jean-Marie Le Pen, on Sunday.
Macron’s victory puts the 53-year-old National Group candidate’s plan to break away, which advocated the exclusion of foreigners from social assistance by enshrining the “national priority” in the Constitution and abandon NATO’s integrated command.
Yet despite warnings of extremist “danger”, the far right has steadily gained ground in every election since 2002 and with between an estimated 41.8% and 42.4% of the vote, according to Le Pen achieved his best result.
Between 27.8% and 29.8% of French people did not go to the polls, an abstention rate unprecedented since 1969 (31.3%).
The heads of European institutions on Sunday congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron on his victory in his country’s presidential election, which offers him a second five-year term.
“We can count on France for another five years”European Council President Charles Michel said on Twitter, while European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen tweeted: “I am delighted that we can continue our excellent cooperation.”
For his part, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also sent his congratulations to Macron. “We look forward to continuing our work together on the issues that matter most to Canadians and French people, from defending democracy to fighting climate change, to creating good jobs and economic growth for all. the middle class,” he said. .
Macron’s margin of victory was much narrower than five years ago, when the president beat Le Pen by more than 30 percentage points. Among the factors contributing to the far-right leader’s rise are her efforts to dampen her image – but not her platform – people’s frustration with the economic situation and general malaise, which the French blame often the ruling party. .