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Emmanuel Macron wins second term as President of France

Written by Nuel

WASHINGTON – French President Emmanuel Macron cruised to a second term Sunday, beating back a stronger-than-expected challenge from a far-right populist who has attacked the European Union and NATO and expressed support for Russia.

“I am no longer the candidate of one side, but instead the president for all,” Macron told cheering supporters who gathered near the Eiffel Tower to celebrate his reelection and the defeat of challenger Marine Le Pen.

 

In a rematch of the 2017 presidential election, Macron led Le Pen with more than 58% of the vote, according to projected results from the French news media, working with national pollsters.

Le Pen conceded shortly after the announced projection. She noted that she improved her performance from five years ago and will now concentrate on legislative elections for her party.

 

“The game isn’t finished,” she told allies.

Five a long time back, Macron crushed Le Pen with over 66% of the vote.

Macron, 44, who fabricated his ideological group to run for president in 2017, won again despite an initial term assailed by challenges to his financial arrangements, the COVID-19 pandemic, and, most as of late, the Russian attack on Ukraine that irritated political relations across the globe.

 

In his triumph discourse, Macron recognized that French electors had communicated “outrage” and he should now “answer actually.”

Macron’s re-appointment additionally managed a misfortune to the egalitarian developments that have overturned governmental issues across the Western world, from Brexit to the accomplishments of Viktor Orban in Hungary and Donald Trump in the United States.

“At the point when one assembles back your venture step by step, a task’s tied in with escaping the EU, regardless of whether it unequivocally say as much,” Macron told Le Pen in their last discussion.

 

US and EU officials relieved

American and European government authorities welcomed fresh insight about Macron’s re-appointment with alleviation. A few investigators in the United States brought up Macron won regardless of endorsement evaluations of under 40% – about equivalent to President Joe Biden, who is considering a re-appointment run of his own in 2024.

“A fascinating perception, just FYI,” tweeted White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. “President Macron seems to have gotten a twofold digit triumph over LePen when his endorsement rating is 36%. Well..”

 

Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, pointed out that another prominent European populist – Slovenia Prime Minister Janez Jansa – faced defeat on Sunday, according to vote projections.

Those losses could be “a giant victory for the renewal of democratic values in Europe and a huge setback for populist nationalism,” McFaul said. “Maybe the global tide is turning?”

Others pointed out that Le Pen did better in this French election than the one five years ago, and the conservative populist movement still has to be taken seriously in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Le Pen herself told supporters that “more than ever I will continue my work for the French.”

 

STATE OF THE RACE:Emmanuel Macron vs Marine Le Pen: France votes in the tense presidential runoff

FIRST ROUND:Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen fight for the French presidency

Far-right Le Pen came out strong after the first round

Le Pen had come within 5 percentage points of Macron in the first round of voting two weeks ago, fanning fears of an ultranationalistic turn in French politics. Le Pen has long espoused an anti-immigrant agenda, and in this campaign, she called for banning Muslim women from wearing headscarves in public.

 

In a Friday interview on BFM TV in France, Macron cast the political decision as a decision “between leaving or not leaving Europe” and “forsaking or not forsaking the mainstream republic.”

Le Pen, repeating the contentions of hostility to globalists across the mainland, said France had given up its power to multilateral associations like the EU and NATO.

In the runup to Sunday’s political decision, French electors communicated nervousness over issues that have additionally molded legislative issues in the United States and somewhere else: expansion, a lazy economy, the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, migration, and Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

 

Macron and Le Pen finished as the top two candidates from a crowded field after the first round of voting two weeks ago. In a closer-than-expected margin, Macron finished with 27.85% of the vote, and Le Pen with 23.15%.

The narrow margin prompted more political activity by Macron, who had focused on his government job and did very little campaigning before that first round.

Polls in recent days showed Macron expanding his lead, but the French president warned supporters not to take anything for granted.

 

Macron and Russia’s war in Ukraine

Macron has played a key role in organizing the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, promoting military assistance to the Ukrainians and economic sanctions on President Vladimir Putin’s government.

Le Pen has been sympathetic to Putin and Russia, and a victory by her would have been a big propaganda victory for Putin’s government.

Macron played on Le Pen’s ties to Russia during the campaign, telling her in one debate: “When you speak to Russia, you are speaking to your banker.” He also said her anti-Muslim policies would trigger a “civil war” in France.

After her loss in the 2017 presidential election, Le Pen sought to soften her image. She reversed her longtime opposition to the euro, the EU’s currency, and changed the national party from the “National Front” to the “National Rally.”

 

Macron earns a triumph less victory

An evening of the second round of the French presidential election at the Champ-de-Mars, in Paris, Sunday, April 24, 2022. JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE POUR «LE MONDE»

In 2017, he crossed the Louvre courtyard alone, in a long filmed walk before delivering a speech hailing his own “audacity.” On Sunday, April 24, the evening of his second victory, Emmanuel Macron appeared at the Champ-de-Mars accompanied by his wife and surrounded by children. The crowd was not jubilant this time. His supporters’ mood was just relieved and somewhat stunned.

The president won once again in the duel against Marine Le Pen, but it was time to appear humble in the face of a result that came with obligations. The re-elected president is happy but wants to show that he is a new man, after a five-year term “of transformations, happy and difficult times, and exceptional crises.” And after a half-hearted campaign that achieved little political gain.

 

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His score of 58.5% was more dubious than in 2017 when he got 66.1% of the vote, and it will diminish his space for move. Some in his company are in any case flabbergasted by his re-appointment, maybe in the manner in which one would be at a brandishing execution. Since the re-appointment of Charles de Gaulle under the new Fifth Republic in 1965, Mr. Macron is the main president to have won re-appointment outside a time of “dwelling together,” when the president and head of the state are from restricting gatherings. “I’m persuaded that the characteristics of both the man and the undertaking address the difficulties within recent memory,” praised the President of the Assemblée Nationale, Richard Ferrand, sharing his “profound satisfaction” on Twitter.

 

But Mr. Macron knows that he must retain gravitas in the coming years that “to be sure, will not be quiet,” as he put it himself. “France is experiencing a strong crisis,” agreed Prime Minister Jean Castex.

 

‘Neither Macron nor Le Pen’

Significantly, the abstention rate (28%) came close to the record dating back to the second round of the presidential election in 1969 (31.1%). That contest saw two right-wing candidates, Georges Pompidou and Alain Poher, face each other. At the time, the Parti Communiste (PC) candidate Jacques Duclos had dismissed them as “six of one and half dozen of the other.”

 

In this political decision, the motto “Neither Macron nor Le Pen” was recited by certain understudies between the two rounds, and an energizing cry of a piece of the electorate. The replay of the second-round duel between the up-and-comers from La République en Marche (LRM) and the Rassemblement National (RN) shook the “conservative front” against the extreme right as at no other time.

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s girl, who acquired 33.9% of the vote five quite a while back, passed the 40% imprint interestingly. It is a compelling disappointment for Emmanuel Macron, who had said, on the evening of his May 2017 triumph, that he needed to guarantee that the French “not an obvious explanation to decide in favor of the limits.” “No celebration this evening, there is both the delight of having won and the gravity of seeing that Marine Le Pen has advanced somewhere in the range of 2017 and 2022,” Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of Economy, yielded.

 

More on this topic Five takeaways from Emmanuel Macron’s victory

The re-elected president promised a “new era,” that “will not be a continuation of the five-year term that is ending.” He said he had heard the message of the French people and had become the “custodian of the divisions and disagreements expressed, who ensures that everyone is respected.” Whether they had voted for him by agreement or by default, whether they had abstained or supported his opponent. He needs to hear the message sent by the left in particular. According to an Ipsos-Sopra Steria poll, 42% of those who voted in the first round for Jean-Luc Mélenchon of La France Insoumise (LFI) switched to the outgoing president in the second. By contrast, only 17% chose Marine Le Pen.

 

More on this topic French election 2022: The high stakes for Macron’s second term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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