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France’s Emmanuel Macron wins second term and defeats far-right leader

Emmanuel Macron is the first French president to win a reelection since Jacques Chirac in 2002.

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France’s President Emmanuel Macron is predicted to have defeated rival Marine Le Pen in the presidential elections on Sunday, flooding with relief that the far-rights were unable to take power in Europe.

According to predictions by a French television channel polling company based on a sample of votes, St. List Macron was set to win 57.0-58.5 percent of the votes compared to Le Pen at 41.5-43.0 percent.

The result is narrower than the second round clash of 2017, when the same two candidates met in the final vote and Macron voted more than 66% of the votes.

The results expected to be confirmed by official results overnight are Europe after President Le Pen fears leaving the continent reckless following Britain’s departure from the EU and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s departure. Brought immeasurable relief.

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi called Macron’s victory “great news for Europe as a whole.”

EU President Charles Michel said the block could “rely on France for another five years” and Ursula von der Leyen said “we are pleased to continue our excellent cooperation. I think, “he quickly congratulated.

In a combat speech to supporters of Paris, she accepted the results, but there was no sign of quitting politics, Le Pen (53) said he would “never abandon” the French, already in June. Preparing for a legislative election.

“The result represents a great victory,” she cheered.

The relatively comfortable winning margin gives Macron some confidence as he heads for his second five-year mission, but the election also represents the closest far-right to ever win in France. I am.

Macron is the first French president to win a reelection since Jacques Chirac in 2002 after his predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande resigned in just one term.

A 44-year-old woman gives a victorious speech at the Champ de Mars in central Paris at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. At the Eiffel Tower, a flag-waving supporter appeared at 8 pm local time (1800 GMT). ..

High ambition

Macron wants a less complex second phase that will enable him to implement a more intimate business reform and a closer vision of EU integration after the opposition movement, the pandemic, and finally the shadow of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I’m out.

But he would have to beat the people who supported his opponent and the millions of French who didn’t bother to vote.

Based on official figures, the voting organization estimated that the abstention rate was going well at 28%. This, if confirmed, would be the best in two-round voting in the presidential election since 1969.

The results of the first round on April 10 put Macron in a solid but unattackable position to maintain his presidency.

In the second phase of the campaign, it was Macron’s key priority to convince supporters of Jean-Luc Melension, a third-place candidate for the hard left, to vote for a former investment banker.

Macron also continues to dominate the majority of parliament in the June legislative election, and his party has strong grassroots support to avoid a nasty “cohabitation” with the prime minister who does not share his political views. You need to be sure to find it.

Le Pen’s bitter pills

Pension reforms, including France’s retirement age hike, which Macron claimed to be essential to the budget, are at the top of his to-do list, but could run into strong opposition and protests.

He also needed to quickly return from the trajectory of the campaign to deal with Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine, pressured France to increase its supply of weapons to Kieu, and President Vladimir Putin went to diplomacy. It indicates that you are losing interest.

For Le Pen, her third defeat in the presidential election was after years of efforts to keep her from the legacy of her founder father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, by allowing her to elect herself. It will be a bitter medicine to swallow.

While critics have repeatedly pointed out her plan to ban wearing Muslim scarves in public if Macron is elected, her party is far-right and racist. He insisted that he would never stop being a person.

When Jean-Marie Le Pen reached the second round in 2002, the results surprised France, where he won less than 18% in the subsequent final against Sirac.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from the Syndicate Feed.)

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