French Elect Youngest President Ever; DC Is Silent

Henrietta Brewer
May 13, 2017

After FN surprisingly topped the polls in the 2016 European elections, Le Pen hoped to be elected her country's first female - and far-right - president.

Mr Valls was one of several Socialist Party heavyweights who backed Mr Macron after members selected leftwinger Benoit Hamon as presidential candidate.

French police on Monday said 141 people were arrested in Paris following Emmanuel Macron's victory in France's presidential election on Sunday. On the other was a candidate who was leading a liberal, pro-European campaign and has been a standard-bearer for France's traditional ties with Germany.

Macron, who wants to deregulate the economy and deepen European Union integration, has a 23- to 26-percentage-point lead over Le Pen in the opinion polls.

Macron's win across the Channel prompted British politicians to briefly pause their campaigning to laud France's president-elect.

Europe and Germany would not simply suffer if Macron fails: they would benefit if he succeeds.

In addition, even if Ms Le Pen was beaten, she achieved an unprecedented score for the National Front.

This is not just a victory for France but a victory for Britain and the liberal values we hold dear.

Welcoming Macron, Chair of United Kingdom based Sikh Federation Amrik Singh said: "We have been in regular contact with Sikhs in France and understand his political position on many issues could result in improvements for the small minority Sikh community in France in terms of religious freedoms". He must pull together a majority of lawmakers for the party to run in the mid-June legislative election. A key aide said the party would change its name as part of a revamp.

Marine Le Pen, the right-wing nationalist who has called for pulling France out of the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, may have been routed in Sunday's presidential election, but she's already begun rallying her millions of supporters in a bid to win large numbers of legislative seats.

At 39, the pro-EU former investment banker will become France's youngest-ever President.

Mr Macron's 577 candidates in the elections are expected to be announced on Thursday.

Macron said before yesterday's vote he had made his choice but would not reveal the name.

But Le Pen's historic score of 33.9 per cent, or 10.6 million votes, showed the far right to be a formidable force in a country wracked by concern over immigration, national identity and globalisation.

On the eve of the election Macron stated in a French television interview that he backs a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that unilaterally recognizing Palestine would cause instability and would harm France's relations with Israel.

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