Macron wins French presidency by
emphatic margin: projections
friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right
nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union, early
mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared
another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote to quit the EU and Donald
Trump's election as U.S. president.
(2 p.m. ET), showed Macron beating Le Pen by around 65 percent to 35 - a
gap wider than the 20 or so percentage points that pre-election surveys had
anti-immigrant policies until recently made it a pariah in French politics, and
underlined the scale of the divisions that Macron must now try to heal.
unnerved financial markets but they appealed to many poorer members of
society against a background of high unemployment, social tensions and
parliamentary election for En Marche! (Onwards!), his political movement
that is barely a year old, in order to implement his program.
for two years as economy minister but has never previously
held elected office, will become France's youngest leader
since Napoleon with a promise to transcend outdated
second round has indicated that the majority he needs
could be within reach.
President Francois Hollande's deeply unpopular Socialist
government, Macron managed to portray himself as the
man to recast a political landscape moulded by the left-
right divisions of the last century.
competitiveness of an open economy, Le Pen wanted to shield French workers
by closing borders, quitting the EU's common currency the euro, radically
loosening the bloc and scrapping trade deals.
its place at the heart of Europe.
congratulated Macron. But she defiantly claimed the mantle of France's
main opposition in calling on "all patriots to join us" in constituting a "new
inauguration next weekend, Macron will become
the eighth - and youngest - president of France's Fifth
and a relaxation of labor laws with greater investment
in foreign and defense policy and shows no sign of
wishing to change France's traditional alliances or re-shape
its military and peace-keeping roles in the Middle East
change in French politics that have been dominated by
the same faces for years.
and has elicited comparisons with youthful leaders past and present, from
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to British ex-premier Tony Blair and
even President John F. Kennedy in the United States.
Sybille de la Hamaide; Writing by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey)