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En Marche, Monsieur Le Président!

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En Marche, Monsieur Le Président!
Emmanuel Macron elected with 66.1% of the votes.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French Presidential Election tonight with 66.1% of the votes against 33.9% for Far-Right Marine Le Pen.

Macron, 39, becomes the youngest President of France since the election of Napoléon Bonaparte’s nephew, Louis-Napoléon, in 1848. He was 40.

He will now have the pressure to succeed where his predecessors, especially Francois Hollande, failed: improve the economy at the same time as guarantee social justice. The pressure of the street and the pressure of Jean-Luc Melenchon in particular.

The Legislative elections in June will be yet another election that will define President Macron’s presidency. Will the French voters give him a majority to work with or will they be tempted to tie him up with a cohabitation?

The new President’s first speech:

“It’s a great honour and a great responsibility. I want to thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“I will work to renew the links between Europe and its citizens.”

“My duty is to alleviate fears and rekindle optimism.”

“I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that separate us.”

“I salute my adversary Ms Le Pen, I know why people chose to vote for an extreme party. I know the doubt, the fear they expressed.”

“And it is my responsibility to take on those concerns and guarantee our unity and responsibility for our country.”

“From tomorrow we will modernise politics, recognise pluralism, revitalise democracy. This will be my first mission, respecting everyone.”

Later in the evening, the newly elected President Macron walked to the Pyramide du Louvre where thousands of people were dancing and celebrating his victory. Interesting fact: he walked with the European anthem in the background. He then spoke to them:

“Thank you my friends. France won. You won. They thought it was impossible. They didn’t know France. Thank you for your trust.”

“Those who voted for me but not my project, to defend the Republic, I will protect the Republic. And those who voted for Ms Le Pen…”

(Boos) “… don’t boo them. I want to tell them I will do everything I can to make them not vote for extremes again.”

“Our task is immense. Moralise public life. Defend democracy. Reform Europe. It will impose us to be audacious.”

“The courage of truth. We’ll build a strong majority to change. That’s why I’ll again need you in the weeks to come” (reference to the Legislative election in June)

“We won’t give in to defeatism. I know what I owe you. What I owe to my friends, my family.” The audience screamed “Brigitte, Brigitte” (his wife.)

“I will serve you with love. Vive la République. Vive la France.”

Reaction of Donald Tusk, President of the European Council:  

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Read all about what happened during the two hours that followed President Macron’s election on this Twitter thread.

Conclusion of the evening:

Tonight, we saw on French TV that the campaign for the June Legislative elections (where French voters will elect their MPs) has already started and politicians on all sides already attack the new President on his policies. He has not been given the key of L’Elysee that they are already ready to rubbish his presidency.

It is interesting to see how the old politics the voters got rid of in the first round, just two weeks ago, try to run for a comeback. Not sure the voters will be interested in voting for the traditional parties for a while. President Macron wants and needs a majority, but will he succeed yet another challenge? Wait and see… ◼︎

(This article was first published on the politics magazine

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J.N. PAQUET is an author, journalist and political writer. He is the editor of His book series on populism and nationalism “The Tip of The Populist Iceberg?” is available in print, eBook and audiobook worldwide.

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(Photograph cover: © Razvanjp |

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