Eight reasons why Emmanuel Macron has little reason to celebrate his win

May 12, 2017, 01:35

The centrist politician won 66 per cent of the vote to make him France's youngest president in history.

But his victory may actually symbolize an overwhelming rejection of Le Pen, more so than an overwhelming endorsement of Macron and his pro-globalization policies. Sunday's election also boasted an abstention rate over 25 percent, the news service added, seemingly indicating high dissatisfaction with the candidates.

"One third of the voters supported the nationalist, anti-EU and anti-globalisation candidacy of Marine Le Pen, and this will remain the main political opposition to the new president". That was when Macron resigned as Hollande's economy minister to embark on his risky presidential run as an independent - a decision received coldly by the French leader at the time.

However, euro lost some of its strength later on uncertainties pertaining to the ability of Macron's newly-formed party to win a parliamentary majority in June legislative elections, as per Reuters.

And of those who did vote, nearly 9 percent submitted blank ballots, to send the message that they favored neither candidate.

While Trump has vowed to put "America first" and curtail immigration and free trade, and Britain has turned its back on the European Union, the liberal Macron has pledged economic reforms for a France at the heart of the European project.

"Le Pen's National Front announced it would rebrand and change its name, in order to ".be able to represent a wider scope of sovereignty, leaders and movements around patriotic ideas", said National Front Campaign Coordinator, Jean Messiha.

Mainstream parties on the left and right that were frozen out of Sunday's runoff in a first for modern France, also are regrouping, aiming to clip Macron's wings and impose their political agenda, via parliament, on his five-year term.

Macron's victory strengthens France's place as a central pillar of the European Union, and marked the third time in six months " following elections in Austria and the Netherlands " that European voters shot down far-right populists who wanted to restore borders across Europe.

I want Emmanuel Macron, his government and his majority to succeed, for France.

Trudeau said he hopes he and Macron can work together on a "progressive agenda" to promote worldwide security, increase collaboration in science and technology, and create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Ipsos found that 20 percent of those who voted for Fillon in the first round chose Le Pen in the second round, and 7 percent of Melenchon supporters did the same.

I agree with everything Bill Wirtz said this morning about the persistence of Marine Le Pen. His opponents say he is too soft on terrorism and that he is the last person France needs to lead it during these risky times.

However, reforming France's stringent labour laws has beaten many a president down the years.

He also inherits a country still in a state of emergency following a string of Islamist-inspired attacks since 2015 that have killed more than 230 people.

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