March 20, 2018

Macron: président of a fractured France

19 May 2017, 11:06 | Taylor George

His rival, Marine Le Pen, garnered only 33.9 percent of the votes.

Hillary Clinton has tweeted her support for Emmanuel Macron winning the French presidential elections, whilst taking an apparent dig at the media. In his words France, by electing Macron as president, has showed Slovakia a way "to stop people in politics, who only criticise and offer only conflict and egotistic solutions", Zuzana Čižmáriková, the head of the communication department at parliament informed TASR.

Le Pen, leader of far-right party the National Front, had accused Macron of being "weak" on Islamist terrorism shortly after she scooped 21.4 per cent of the popular vote in the first round of voting, on April 23.

"It's true that he followed me throughout these last years, while I myself was candidate, when I became president, he was a government minister". Macron is already looking the part.

France's economic malaise, especially high unemployment, had undermined the popularity of outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande to the point where he decided not even to run again as a candidate.

It will be a short honeymoon for French President-elect Emmanuel Macron.

On Monday, though, Hollande gripped Macron's arm before the two men walked side by side and then announced the transfer of power would take place on Sunday, a week after the election.

The ceremony marked decades of peace in Western Europe, something Macron made a cornerstone of his campaign against Le Pen's brand of nationalist populism.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is now negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, also congratulated Macron.

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And many clearly shared that view - particularly those on the left who vehemently opposed Le Pen but found Macron's plans to reduce corporate tax and cut public sector jobs unpalatable.

Theresa May has sought to turn Emmanuel Macron's victory in France to her own electoral advantage, telling supporters that she needs a big mandate to match his.

Macron's optimistically named "En Marche!". All 577 seats in the National Assembly are up for grabs. But it will be contesting its first ever election.

Le Pen's estranged father Jean-Marie, the founder of the party, also chimed in Sunday, telling RTL radio that her euro stance was largely to blame for her defeat.However, Jean Messiha, who was in charge of drafting Le Pen's presidential platform, insisted that the euro zone was destined to collapse and that ditching the currency was the right thing to do."Softening our position on monetary sovereignty caused us to lose votes".

With almost 11 million voters, she doubled the total achieved by her father in the second round of the presidential election in 2002.

As soon as the results were announced, a survey revealed that 61 per cent of French people would rather he did not get a parliamentary majority in the next elections to be held in June.

Hollande also called Macron to "warmly" congratulate him on his victory.

Mr Wahnicht described the hard exercise of synthesis that awaits the president-elect: "He must have socialist MPs in his parliamentary majority with a right-wing prime minister".

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