Macron Wins French Election

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 20, 2017

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

Reflecting on Macron's victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential runoff on Sunday, Valls said it was a blow to populism in Europe that gave a "terrific" image of France overseas.

In his letter dated May 8, Dr Tan said he looks forward to working with President-elect Macron to further strengthen the "excellent" bilateral relations between France and Singapore.

Valls told RTL radio that France's Socialist party "is dead and behind us" and said he wants to join up with President-elect Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move.

Macron appeared side-by-side with Hollande at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris to commemorate the end of World War II, where Hollande confirmed that his successor would be inaugurated on May 14.

Macron won 66.1 percent of the vote against 33.9 percent for far-right leader Marine Le Pen, final results from the Interior Ministry showed on Monday.

Meanwhile, former Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hailed the result as a victory for "France, the European Union, & the world".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not address National Front's gains in the vote in a standard statement congratulating Macron.

"I'd like to help, especially with lowering the unemployment rate in France", she said.

Clinton was seemingly referring to criticism she received in the media last week, after she said she took full responsibility for her loss to Donald Trump in the November presidential election, but went on to blame "Russian WikiLeaks" and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey for her defeat. Macron has proposed reforms to France's labor market, lower taxes and spending as well as a 50 billion-euro ($55 billion) investment plan.

He also said the names of Macron's 577 candidates in the legislative elections would be announced this Thursday.

Since the first round of the election, Macron has accused Russia of meddling in his campaign with cyberattacks and has refused to accredit Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik, accusing them of issuing fake news stories.

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.

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