On May 7th of 2017, Emmanuel Macron (En Marche ! – « On the move !») was elected President of the French Republic. He defeats Marine Le Pen (National Front, far right) with 66.1% of votes against 33.9%. His speech at the bottom of the Louvre Pyramid in the evening of his election was watched all around the world. After an unprecedented campaign, he came out victorious from a tense duel with the far right nationalist party, offering a great relief to many countries, and particularly to the European Union, that expresses hope for this Europe’s ally.
Emmanuel Macron is an enigmatic and non-standard figure: some would see in him a modern times Napoleon because of his 39 years old, he is the youngest French elected President in history and his advent seems to reshuffle the cards of French political life.
He now has to bring back together a deeply divide country and he also has to face the distrust he stirs up (the abstention reached a record rate at 25.44% for the second round). Time is now for him to be « on the move »… to name his new government and to attempt winning the general elections in June.
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