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French President Macron wins another five-year term

Release time:2022-04-25 Publisher:South Asia Development

Emmanuel Macron has won five more years as French president after a convincing victory over rival Marine Le Pen.

Projections give him victory by 58% to 42%, a greater margin than expected.

The centrist leader told jubilant supporters at the foot of the Eiffel Tower that now the election was over he would be a “president for all”.

Despite her loss, Le Pen said her vote share still marked a victory.

The ideas her National Rally represented, she told her supporters, had reached new heights.

But far-right rival Eric Zemmour pointed out that she had failed just like her father who preceded her: “It’s the eighth time the Le Pen name has been hit by defeat.”

“An answer must be found to the anger and disagreements that led many of our compatriots to vote for the extreme right,” Macron said in his victory speech. “It will be my responsibility and that of those around me.”

Macron’s victory was welcomed by relieved European leaders, who feared a far-right candidate offering a series of anti-EU policies. “Together we will move France and Europe forward,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated him.

Turnout was estimated at around 72%, the lowest in a presidential run-off since 1969. Adding the almost three million spoilt or blank votes, that accounted for at least one in three voters.

Macron said his government would have to “answer their choice to refuse to choose”.