In a very tight last round of the French presidential held today, where last minute leaks and abstention by unhappy French citizens were among major world wide concern and focus, Emmanuel Macron wins over Marine Le Pen and thus becomes the 8th President of the French 5th Republic.
The official estimation at 21h00 Paris, an hour after the last major polling stations close in France, gives Emmanuel Macron a 65% lead over Marine Le Pen who collects only 35% of the votes. Even though final ballet counts would defer these results slightly, with such a large difference there is no doubt already that Emmanuel Macron is defineatly the next French president.
He succeeds so unpopular François Hollande as the new president.
Emmanuel Macron has been campaigning as the ultimate outsider, “neither right nor left”, and heads a movement launched a year ago called En Marche! He has never run for office and he is the youngest president in French history at the age of 39.
Emmanuel Macron has campaigned on a staunchly pro-European Union platform, promising to strengthen France’s role inside the EU. That has been welcome news to EU officials, who have taken a beating lately over Brexit and the rise of populism across Europe. But Emmanuel Macron has also talked lately about seeking major reforms to the EU, telling reporters this week that the EU can’t ignore the fact that a large percentage of French people are fed up with the union.
Emmanuel Macron has also called for cutting 120,000 civil servants, out of a total of six million, and slashing government spending by $54-billion. And while he won’t change France’s 35-hour work week, he wants to introduce reforms to give companies the flexibility to permit more overtime.
Emmanuel Macron is no fan of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has officially accused the Russians of hacking into En Marche!’s website and emails. He’ll keep France a strong player in NATO and vows to ensure the country meets its NATO funding commitments. He can also be expected to stand pat on EU sanctions against Russia over Syria and Ukraine.
Emmanuel Macron backs free trade and would support France’s ratification of the Canada-EU trade deal. He’s also close in age and political outlook to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and he’s part of a wave of new young European in the political realm. That also includes 30-year-old Green Party Leader Jesse Klaver in the Netherlands; Belgium’s 41-year-old Prime Minister Charles Michel; and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who is 44.
Estimated blank votes are about 4 million while the abstention is estimated at 12 million (Paris 20h00).
About Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, born 21 December 1977, is a French politician, senior civil servant, former investment banker, and the current President-elect of France. Ideologically he is characterized as a centrist and a liberal.
Born in Amiens, he studied philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, completed a master’s of public affairs at Sciences Po, and graduated from the École nationale d’administration (ENA) in 2004. He worked as an Inspector of Finances in the Inspectorate General of Finances (IGF) and then became an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque.
A member of the Socialist Party (PS) from 2006 to 2009, Macron was appointed as deputy secretary-general under François Hollande’s first government in 2012. He was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in 2014 under the Second Valls Government, where he pushed through business-friendly reforms. He resigned in August 2016 to launch a bid in the 2017 presidential election. In November 2016, Macron declared that he would run in the election under the banner of En Marche!, a centrist political movement he founded in April 2016. He qualified for the runoff after the first round of the election on 23 April 2017.
Reactions on Twitter
“Je le félicite de son élection, et parce que j’ai à cœur l’intérêt supérieur du pays, je lui souhaite de réussir.” #Présidentielle2017
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) May 7, 2017
J’ai appelé @EmmanuelMacron pour le féliciter chaleureusement pour son élection. Je lui ai exprimé tous mes vœux de réussite pour notre pays
— François Hollande (@fhollande) May 7, 2017
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 4, 2017
Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2017
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) May 7, 2017
Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron Counting on France to stay at Europe’s heart, changing our Union together to bring it closer to citizens.
— EP President Tajani (@EP_President) May 7, 2017
— Matteo Renzi (@matteorenzi) May 7, 2017
I warmly congratulate @EmmanuelMacron on his success and look forward to working with him on a wide range of shared priorities.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 7, 2017
Congratulations to the people of France who today, by an overwhelming vote, rejected racism and xenophobia.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 7, 2017
Congratulations to President-elect @EmmanuelMacron and the French people.
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) May 7, 2017
“Je rejette fermement toute tentative médiatique qui voudrait me jeter contre Marine le Pen dans les jours à venir.” pic.twitter.com/sjHD68DHny
— Marion Le Pen (@Marion_M_Le_Pen) May 7, 2017