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Emmanuel Macron is the New French President-Elect!

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President-Elect Emmanuel Macron

Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a decisive victory over the Far-Right Marine Le Pen that his supporters hailed as holding back the tide of populism.

Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 65.1% to Le Pen’s 34.9%, according to initial projections from early counts.

Le Pen’s score nonetheless marked a historic high for the French far right. Despite a lacklustre campaign that ended with a calamitous performance in the final TV debate, she was projected to have taken more than 10 million votes, roughly double that of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, when he reached the presidential run-off in 2002. The anti-immigration, anti-EU Front National’s supporters asserted that the party has a central place as an opposition force in France.

Macron, who has never held elected office and was unknown until three years ago, is France’s youngest president. He will take over a country under a state of emergency, still facing a major terrorism threat and struggling with a stagnant economy after decades of mass unemployment. France is also divided after an election campaign in which anti-establishment anger saw the traditional left and right ruling parties ejected from the race in the first round for the first time since the period after the second world war.

Turnout was projected to have been the lowest in more than 40 years. Macron’s victory came not only because voters supported his policy platform for free market, pro-business reform, and his promises to energise the EU coupled with a leftwing approach to social issues. Some of his voters came from other parties across the political spectrum and turned out not in complete support of his programme, but to stop the Front National.

 

Source: Guardian

 

12 Comments

  1. Anon

    May 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Youth! I hope his Mother is now happy. “Mum, I am now the president” and you are “Mere
    Président!! Congrats.

    • Esta

      May 8, 2017 at 9:14 am

      The person standing next to him is his wife not his mom.. she is 65years olf fyi.

  2. Hmm

    May 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Kemi Olunloyo is in Port Harcourt prison, Bella Naija you kept that quiet

    • Marie Antoinette

      May 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      So BN is now a Judge abi?

    • funmilola

      May 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      So?

    • Razor

      May 9, 2017 at 2:17 am

      No wonder social media is been calm ☺

  3. Marie Antoinette

    May 7, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    En Marche! Pour toujours!
    Better days are here!
    No more Socialism and Nationalism. Live and let live!

  4. Tobi

    May 7, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    well we can all thank trump for making the world realise that hateist do not make good leaders.

  5. funmilola

    May 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I just like the fact he is young….

  6. dhoney

    May 8, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Nigerian youths are busy dancing skelewu and kukere …they don`t freaking care about their future. Our youths have “stupidly” fallen for manipulation of our thieving leaders. They have successfully divided us along ethnic line…and these leaders are united when stealing (no tribal issues when stealing). The hardship being faced in Calabar, is the same in Ilesha, Kafanchan, Aba, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Lagosand all other areas. Nigerian youths..wake up !!!

    • Mz_Danielz

      May 8, 2017 at 7:41 am

      Statements like yours annoy me. Do you know how many Nigerian youth are successfully making strides here at home despite the challenges they face.

      This reverse low self esteem that makes people feel like the way to come across as intellectual/different/elite is to bash Nigeria is pathetic.

    • funmilola

      May 8, 2017 at 11:10 am

      You have a. problem!

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