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Emmanuel Macron wins France’s presidential election
Macron took 58,55% of Sunday’s vote, making him the first French leader to be reelected in 20 years.
Macron’s supporters, gathered on Champs de Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in central Paris, broke out in massive cheers when the news was announced.
In his victory speech, Macron vowed to be the “president for each and every one of you.” He then thanked his supporters and acknowledged that many, like in 2017, voted for him simply to block the extreme right.
Macron said that his second term would not be a continuation of his first, committing to address all of France’s current problems.
He also addressed those who supported Le Pen directly, saying that he, as president, must find an answer to “the anger and disagreements” that led them to vote for the far right.
“It will be my responsibility and that of those who surround me,” Macron said.
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”.
He added that the years to come wouldn’t be calm but they would be “historic”.
“Today you have chosen a humanist project, ambitious for the independence of our country, for our Europe, a republican project in its values, a social and ecological project,” Macron said.
Mr 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.
France and Germany remain the spine of Europe and the French president is likely to continue trying to take a prominent role leading Europe diplomatically.
European Council President Charles Michel, as well as the prime ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg, were among the first European leaders to congratulate Mr Macron.
“Bravo Emmanuel,” Mr Michel wrote on Twitter.
“In this turbulent period, we need a solid Europe and a France totally committed to a more sovereign and more strategic European Union.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted: “Your constituents also sent a strong commitment to Europe today. I am pleased that we will continue our good cooperation!”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron on your re-election as President of France.
“France is one of our closest and most important allies. I look forward to continuing to work together on the issues which matter most to our two countries and to the world.”
So, Emmanuel Macron is the first president in modern times who, after running every aspect of foreign and domestic policy for a full term, has once again won the trust of the people.