The Next President of France

Emmanuel at a campain // Photo from The Telegraph

Emmanuel at a campain // Photo from The Telegraph

Olivia M., News Reporter

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Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron // Photo from Voici

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Emmanuel Macron was elected as France’s next president, and won by about 66% of the votes against Marine Le Pen. He is the youngest person to be elected as president at age 39, and is also the first to run and win in France as a centrist and without a political party.

There were thousands of Macron supporters once the the voting polls closed chanting out, “Macron President!” and held flags up until it was announced that he won. From his office, he announced that he acknowledged people’s “doubt, anxiety, and rage,” and confidently said, “The renewal of public life starts tomorrow.” But why were people so concerned? Because Macron ran without a political party, it got rid of the system of Socialists and conservatives, which has ruled France for over 60 years. Macron started a company called “On The Move,” which was an alternative to the political parties France had. It became very popular from it spreading on Facebook and people even going door-to-door telling citizens about it. Guillaume Liegey, a French political expert, said, “He did what Obama did in 2007; he built a movement outside the party structure.”

Supporters arrived ahead of Macron’s electoral win at The Louvre on May 7, 2017 in Paris, France // Photo from TIME for Kids

Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen argued as a conservative candidate. She wanted to close France’s borders, limit immigration, and increase security. She also wanted to get France out of the European Union. She appealed to many people by giving a “France First” message and by saying that Macron was not thinking about the working poor. Overall, she got 34% of the votes. Michael Roth, Germany’s deputy foreign ministers, said he was happy Macron won. However, he worries that Le Pen will win the next election if Macron fails to help the economy.

Before being voted in for president, Macron was France’s Economy Minister. Because he worked “behind the scenes,” many people didn’t know who he was. Though he quickly won them over through his passionate speeches and energetic and youthful personality. “My point is to convince that the French people that a positive project and a progressive view is more adapted to our challenges,” he told TIME in March.

Macron was sworn in on May 14, just this past Sunday.

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