Expectations issued by the French press indicate that the President Emmanuel Macron He will be re-elected by winning the second round of this Sunday (24th) against the representative of the far right Marine Le PenWho admitted defeat minutes after the polls closed. See the numbers below:
- Emmanuel Macron: 58%
- Marine Le Pen: 42%
- Macron: 57.6%
- Luban: 42.4%
- Macron 58.2%
- Luban: 41.8%
The reaction of the crowd gathered at the Champ de Mars in Paris after expectations pointed to Macron’s victory in France (Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP)
Macron will be the first president to be re-elected in France Since the conservative Jacques Chirac (1995-2007).
Macron defeats Le Pen and secures a new term in France
He stated in his victory speech that he wanted to rule for everyone. After thanking his constituents, the re-elected president named three groups:
- Those who voted for him to avoid the far-right project represented by Le Pen. He told this group that he understands that his choice makes him the guardian of “the connection to the Republic”.
- Those who abstained. Macron said the “silence” of these voters also made sense.
- Le Pen voters. According to Macron, he needs to rule everyone around him, anger and disagreements need to find answers.
“From now on, I am no longer the candidate of one camp, but the president of all,” he added. He also promised a “renewed style” to run the country after a first term marred by protests.
Macron said twice that his project aims to transform France in an ecological state.
“I will be demanding and ambitious, we have a lot to do. The war in Ukraine is there to remind us that France You must take your voice and the clarity of your choices and rebuild your strength across the board, and we will do it.
Less than 15 minutes after the forecast was released, candidate Le Pen spoke. She admitted defeat and said that the result was still a victory for her political movement.
The challenger also said that the will to stand up for what is French was strengthened, that her supporters had already pronounced their death thousands of times, but it was always wrong, and that the French political scene was recovering.
A man looks at posters of French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, April 11, 2022 – Photo: Ludovic Marin / AFP
The latest polls released on Friday already indicated that the 44-year-old “República em Marcha” (LREM) candidate would beat his 53-year-old rival from the Reunion Nacional (RN), by an advantage less than in 2017, he got on 66.1% of the vote.
after five years, France It is not the same country in which the centrist first triumphed: social protests saw the first half of Macron’s term, a global pandemic trapping millions of people, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine rocked the entire European continent.
The war at the gates of the European Union marked the election campaign, although the main concern of the French is their purchasing power, in the context of rising energy and food prices.
In addition to choosing between two models of society, it was in the hands of voters to choose where they wanted in the world this economic and nuclear power by 2027.
In his campaign, Le Pen proposed including a “national priority” in the constitution, in order to exclude foreigners from social assistance, and advocated abandoning the integrated leadership of NATO and reducing the powers of the European Union.
A woman in a costume representing justice holds a sign reading “Environmental and social emergency: yellow, green, red and black all in Paris in the 21st century” during the Yellow Vests parade in Paris in 2019 – Photo: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / AFP
On the other hand, Macron has advocated a stronger Europe, whether on economic, social or defense issues, and hopes to give a reformist and neoliberal push to the party. France With his proposal to postpone the retirement age from 62 to 65, which already sparked mass protests in 2020.
One of the keys to this will be in the legislative elections that will be held on June 12 and 19. According to an opinion poll published on Friday, 66% want Macron to lose his parliamentary majority.
The last “coexistence” dates from 1997 to 2002, when Chirac appointed socialist Lionel Jospin as prime minister.
The Social Democratic prime ministers of Germany, Spain and Portugal, as well as former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, expressed their support for Macron during the campaign.
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