Emmanuel Macron is reelected but the French are longing for radical change

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Abstract

Emmanuel Macron has been reelected as President of the Republic of France for a second five-year term.

He defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election only hours ago, winning about 58.8% of the votes against 41.2% for his opponent. While votes are still being counted, about 30% of the French electorate did not vote. This is perhaps the highest abstention rate at a presidential election since 1969.

While most political watchers were expecting a narrower Macron victory, many in France were genuinely scared by the lack of nationwide mass demonstration against Le Pen and the far right ahead of Sunday’s vote. The possibility of having Le Pen elected was higher than ever before.

What are the key consequences of Macron’s reelection for both France and Europe?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • France
  • Marine Le Pen
  • French politics
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Emmanuel Macron
  • French presidential election

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