Emmanuel Macron defeats Le Pen to become French President

May 8, 2017

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Emmanuel Macron, a Centrist candidate, has determinedly won the French presidential election, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Mr. Macron is a liberal centrist, pro-business and a strong supporter of the European Union. He formed a movement named En Marche that he says was neither left nor right wing when he left the Socialist government of President François Hollande last August.

At 39, Emmanuel Macron became one of France’s youngest presidents who won with a 66.06% of the votes.

For decades already, the government is being dominated by the left-wing and the right-wing parties, this time, it will be a new chapter for France to have him as the president.

“I want it to be a page of hope and renewed trust,” he said.

Mr Macron said he had heard “the rage, anxiety and doubt that a lot of you have expressed” and vowed to spend his five years in office “fighting the forces of division that undermine France”.

He added that he would “guarantee the unity of the nation and… defend and protect Europe.”

New president’s victory was celebrated by thousands his thousand supporters outside the Louvre museum in central Paris and their new president later joined them.

In his speech to the crowd, he said: “Tonight you won, France won. Everyone told us it was impossible, but they don’t know France.”

He also said that the country faces a lot that gives him many tasks but with confidence, he added, “We have the strength, the energy and the will – and we will not give in to fear.”

Mr. Macron make sure that he will never let an extremist rule the country.

His campaign pledges included a 120,000 reduction in public-sector jobs, a cut in public spending by €60bn (£50bn; $65bn), and a lowering of the unemployment rate to below 7%.

He vowed to ease labour laws and give new protections to the self-employed.

Mr Macron also stood on a pro-EU platform, in stark contrast to his opponent.