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FRANCE ELECTION: MACRON RE-ELECTED FOR A SECOND TERM

MACRON RE-ELECTED FOR A SECOND TERM

Emmanuel Macron was re-elected president of France for a second term on Sunday after winning an estimated 58 percent of the votes.

The result offered the European Union the reassurance of leadership stability in the bloc’s only nuclear-armed power and was immediately hailed by France’s allies. In the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A second five-year term for the centrist Macron spares France and its allies the seismic upheaval of a wartime shift of power to Macron’s populist challenger Marine Le Pen, who quickly acknowledged her defeat Sunday night but still appeared on course for a best-ever showing for her fiercely nationalist far-right policies.

Five years ago, Macron won a sweeping victory over Le Pen to become France’s youngest president at 39.

French President Emmanuel Macron thanked supporters, as well as voters who only backed him to stop far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

Macron said a simple “Thank you!” after winning re-election on Sunday, and praised the majority who gave him five more years at the helm of France.

He also thanked people who voted for him not because they embrace his ideas but because they wanted to reject far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

Macron comfortably won re-election to a second term Sunday, according to polling agencies’ projections.

Marine Le Pen, French presidential challenger quickly acknowledged her defeat Sunday night but still appeared on course for a best-ever showing for her fiercely nationalist far-right policies.

In her post-electoral remarks, Le Pen looked forward to the country’s upcoming legislative elections on June 12.

 

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