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  • 2017-05-08
  • NEWS
  • Emmanuel Macron Wins French Presidential Election
  • Emmanuel Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen Sunday to win the French presidential election.
    The 39-year-old investment banker became the youngest president in the 59-year-history of the French Fifth Republic with his victory.
    With all votes counted, the passionately pro-European Union Macron had garnered 66 percent of the vote.
    Macron urged the French to embrace rather than reject globalization. And he vowed to work with Germany to relaunch the European Union, a project long seen as a guarantor of peace and prosperity but one which is now struggling to find its "raison d'etre" after years of crisis.
    But, Le Pen's National Front won 35 percent of the vote, nearly double what her father Jean-Marie secured in 2002, a result was triggering a broad "Republican front" to block him.
    Macron and his fellow European leaders face a formidable challenge over the next five years to prevent that from happening.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman called it a victory for a "strong united Europe" and for German-French friendship.
    Donald Trump tweeted congratulations on what he called Macron's "big win" and said he looked forward to working with the French leader.
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  • source : Reuters
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