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.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Sunshine, warmer temperatures expected as the week progresses

    Sunshine, warmer temperatures expected as the week progresses

    This should be a decent rain event with potential for about 1/2 to 1 inch of rain for much of North/Central Alabama. Showers and thunderstorms will develop ahead of an advancing cold front during the late afternoon and evening.
    Fantasy IPL 2017: DD vs MI - Three players you should pick

    Fantasy IPL 2017: DD vs MI - Three players you should pick

    However, Billings believes that the 4 giants of the team will surely make a comeback and bring Delhi Daredevils back in the game. But the writing was on the wall when Anderson mishit Malinga to deep mid-wicket in the sixth over on only 10.
    Android based VR Gaming Apps

    Android based VR Gaming Apps

    Cleanopolis VR This educational title is primarily for kids but it doesn't mean that people of all ages won't be able to enjoy it. House of Terror VR This game gives you the chance to explore a haunted house full of monsters, traps, and very hard puzzles.
  • 3 victims in 2 Chicago shootings were killed in ongoing gang war

    3 victims in 2 Chicago shootings were killed in ongoing gang war

    He was charged Saturday with two counts each of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. A 19-year-old man walked into his apartment, followed by three men who repeated shot him in the head.

    Spurs' Parker has successful surgery on ruptured tendon

    Crowd him and he drives by. "Several guys have to have that confidence and swagger", said guard James Harden . In Game 3 , Aldridge limited the Rockets to 3-of-14 shooting (21.4 percent) as a primary defender.

    Scott Disick to host house-flipping show with Kris Jenner

    An insider said: " Kourtney and Younes have seen each other several times in the last week". He went pro, but was discovered in 2011 in New York City by Next Model Management.
  • Capitals' stars step up when needed to avoid elimination in Game 5

    Now, if Trotz sticks with those lines, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ovechkin will each anchor a line. So what does the team need to do to come back? "They come at you in waves", Rust said.

    Israel says Palestinian hunger strike leader ate in secret

    Qadoura Fares, head of an advocacy group for Palestinian prisoners, says the hunger strikers began taking supplements on day 15. He says guards stepped up punishment, seizing all personal items and leaving prisoners "with nothing except their beds".

    Kushner sister accused of trading on family

    Instead of being able to buy a green card for as little as $500,000, rich foreigners might have to chip in $1.3 million or more . A Kushner Companies spokeswoman declined to comment in a New York Times article about the Beijing event published on Saturday .
  • Alvarez vows to put McGregor beating behind him at UFC 211

    Alvarez vows to put McGregor beating behind him at UFC 211

    If you're thinking that means we're getting much closer to Mayweather actually fighting McGregor, though, you'd be wrong. As De La Hoya indicated, Mayweather has already fought Alvarez, winning a majority decision in 2013.
    S&P, Nasdaq reverse course after touching record highs

    S&P, Nasdaq reverse course after touching record highs

    The S&P 500 rose less than 0.1% and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.3% after both indexes inched higher Monday to settle at records. In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region turned in a mixed performance during trading on Tuesday.

    Kolkata Visits Bangalore; What To Predict And Which Team To Trust More

    He hit six boundaries and four sixes in his knock. "They took the game away from RCB in the first six overs itself", he added. In the day's earlier game, Kings XI Punjab saw their play-off hopes rocked by a six wicket defeat to Gujarat Lions .
popular