Macron wins French presidency, to sighs of relief in Europe

by Mathieu Rosemain and Matthias Blamont | reuters  |  published on May 8, 2017

APTOPIX France Election
Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.

The centrist’s emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s 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.

With virtually all votes counted, Macron had topped 66 percent against just under 34 percent for Le Pen – a gap wider than the 20 or so percentage points that pre-election surveys had suggested.

Even so, it was a record performance for the National Front, a party whose anti-immigrant policies once made it a pariah, and underlined the scale of the divisions that Macron must now try to heal.

  • skipsart

    Europe is now gone.

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    • Retired

      Once Turkey joins the EU it will finish them off all thanks to the UN – OWO/NWO and Bilderberg Group . The US is next unless congress stops playing games .

      • skipsart

        You are correct.

        • Retired

          Thanks , to many do not see what is coming down the pike . Thank the dear lord that we have Trump even though he tweets .

  • Ken says

    Seems the majority in France are hoping that the EU will save them from bankruptcy – eventually Germany will run out of money or Germans will finally say enough!

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