France. Macron has won the French presidential elections confirming earlier projections.
Emmanuel Macron’s win has prompted an immense sigh of relief in Europe against the backdrop rhetoric of a ‘rudderless’ France if Le Pen were to win the French presidency.
Macron had described the final days of his re-election campaign as a “battle for Europe” against the Eurosceptic Le Pen. Emmanuel Macron becomes the first French president to win re-election in France in 20 years. The campaign was brutal though he beat the far right’s Marine Le Pen by a decisive 58.2% to 41.8% (projected results).
In her speech, Le Pen determined that she succeeded in delivering the far right its biggest-ever score in a French presidential election. Her bid emphasised the cost of living crisis and promised a ban on the Muslim headscarf in public places. Le Pen was quoted saying, “A shining victory in itself. The ideas we represent are reaching summits.”