France Election: Macron to Be Next President


Time: 6:32 p.m. CEST Update: 10:04 p.m. CEST

Emmanuel Macron with over 65% of the vote, according to projection, won France presidential election and will be next president of France. Macron created his centrist movement En Marche one year ago with a promise to fight divisions in France society. After winning election, Macron acknowledged that France is fractured and troubled, but he promised he will ensure the “unity of the nation.” Next parliamentarian election will be new test for his recently formed party.

Marine Le Pen who represented far right had “historic” result. Second round of presidential election in France had lowest turnout in almost 50 years. She promised transformation of her political movement.

France holds second round of the presidential election on Sunday, expecting that the fifth republic will choose its next president. Polls should close at 8:00 p.m. local time, and the turnout in the second round is about 65 percent by 5:00 p.m. The exit polls will give the answer about the winner between Marie Le pen and Emmanuel Macron. Le Pen’s discourse targets those who are unhappy with politics on immigration and the European Union. Macron, which background is in investment banking, supports pro-European issues. No matter decision of French voters, the outcome could define future prospect of France in the European Union.

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