In one of the most watched elections since the recent United States election, Emmanuel Macron defeated his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen yesterday in the decisive French elections. He was previously endorsed by former president Barack Obama and at 39 years old becomes the youngest president in the fifth French Republic’s 59-year history.
Macron’s liberal win was a relief to not only french citizen’s but the entire world’s. A win for Le Pen would’ve meant a win for the far-right populous of the world, whose grasp has started to be felt in countries like Trump-led America and Brexit-led Britain. However, like those elections, it has shown the latest indecisiveness and separatism from Politics in the world as many people decided not to vote for either candidate. Macron understood this division and said in his win that:
I understand the divisions of our country that have led some to vote for extremists,” “I understand the anger, the anxiety, the doubts that a great part of us have also expressed.” Mr. Macron pledged to do all he could in his five-year term to bring France together. “I will do everything I can in the coming five years to make sure you never have a reason to vote for extremism again,”
Macron won with 66 percent of the votes versus Le Pen’s 34 percent however, nearly 34 percent of voters decided not to vote or all or just sent a null vote in. While his win was important, Macron’s path ahead will not be an easy one. This is his first position in an elected office and he has no party in Parliament. He formed his own political movement, a centrist platform, En Marche! (Onward) about a year ago. Macron becomes the first neither right nor left president since the 1974 election. It’s also said certain other factors helped his win, with a very unpopular incumbent president and an embezzlement scandal to another popular candidate earlier in the race. Despite a cloudy future, people in France have hope. Especially the younger voters and immigrants who helped him win office. In denying Le Pen’s party, one known for anti-Semitism and a heavy nationalist message it sent a message for the world and the European Union.
Mourad Djebali, a 30-year old Tunisian implant had this to say about the win:
“I’m moved,” “I recognize the France that has received me.” “It’s a great symbol of France,” he added. “It’s a sign of hope. Everyone doesn’t agree with each other, but that one thing we agree on is that we should not open the door to the extremes.”
Let’s hope a Macron win means a win for the world.