Macron Prepares To Lead France As Challenges Loom

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

More than three in five French Catholics voted for Emmanuel Macron in Sunday's presidential election, a poll has said.

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said in a statement that while Macron's election is "extremely encouraging", his group is "concerned that a third of the French population voted for a risky political leader".

Chinese President Xi Jinping had sent a congratulatory message to Macron, Geng said at a daily press briefing.

On Monday, the French Interior Ministry announced that Macron had been officially elected president after winning 66.1 percent of valid votes in the run-off.

Hamon, who gained popularity in recent years by leading a group of rebel Socialist lawmakers who opposed Valls, was a distant fifth in the first round of the presidential election after garnering just over 6 percent of the votes, the Socialist Party's worst result since 1969.

Macron has said he was aiming for an absolute majority in the lower chamber in June's elections. Macron is a keen advocate of the European Union and the euro currency, while Le Pen has proposed taking France out of both. I want Emmanuel Macron, his government and his majority to succeed, for France.

Reuters reported that more than 11 percent of voters chose neither Macron nor Le Pen.

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Francis Kalifat, president of CRIF, called the victory "incontestable" and congratulated Macron on it.

Trump did not endorse any candidate in the election, though many believed he supported Le Pen after comments he made in April in apparent praise of the far-right candidate's tough stance on immigration.

Macron is the first president of modern France elected as an independent.

Despite her defeat in the presidential election, Marine Le Pen has indicated that she will be campaigning again in next month's parliamentary vote.

Clinton seemingly saw similarities between Macron's email hack and that of her campaign chair John Podesta, which she said was Russian interference in the election.

Whatever Le Pen's defeat means for populism's long-term future, Macron's victory can not disguise the fact that France remains a deeply-riven society on a number of issues and those divisions are not going to go away anytime soon.

In 2014, Macron became minister of economy, industry and digital data under President Francois Hollande.

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