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France Elects Socialist in “Centrist” Clothing

Or, as AoSHQ put it: “Sexual Abuse Surviver Emmanuel Macron Projected As Winner Of French Presidential Election”

That’s a reference to newly elected French president, 39 year old Emmanuel Macron, having met his 65 year old wife back when she was his high school teacher when he was 15, but they didn’t make it official until he turned 17 … But then, we are talking about France on all levels here…

Emmanuel Macron, the centrist and political newcomer, on Sunday beat the far-right Marine Le Pen to win the French presidential election.

In a contest that put the passionately pro-European Macron against Le Pen, who promised a “Frexit” referendum should she win the election, Macron garnered 65.5 percent of the vote, according to the Kantar exit poll.

The news of Macron’s win was met by cheering crowds waving French flags outside the Louvre museum. 
The result, if confirmed, signals a rejection of the “French-first nationalism of Le Pen, who was labeled “France’s Trump” and was hopeful the same populist wave that led Donald Trump to the White House would also carry her to the Elysee Palace.

Macron’s victory will mark the third time in six months — following elections in Austria and the Netherlands — that European voters have shot down far-right populists who want to restore borders across Europe. The victory of a candidate — Macron — who championed European unity could strengthen the EU’s hand in its complex divorce proceedings with Britain, which voted last year to leave the bloc.

Many French voters reluctantly backed Macron; they are not staunch supporters of his politics, but wanted to keep out Le Pen and her far-right National Front party, which is still tainted by its anti-Semitic and racist history.

After the most closely watched and unpredictable French presidential campaign in recent memory, many voters rejected the choice altogether: Pollsters projected that voters cast blank or spoiled ballots in record numbers Sunday — a protest of both candidates.

At 39, Macron would become France’s youngest-ever president — and one of its most unlikely.

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French election: Macron wins (France takes the easy way out)

So, France has taken the easy way out, and voted for more of the same.

Yes, Emmanuel Macron, the president-elect who won nearly two out of three votes cast Sunday, portrayed himself as an outsider. But what policies does he advocate that back up that claim?

He wants France to stay in the European Union and continue its open borders policy that has brought thousands of Muslim immigrants to France. When asked what he would do about Islamic terrorism, candidate Macron said: “This threat will be a fact of daily life in the coming years.” How’s that for taking decisive action?

His victory over Marine Le Pen, the right-wing candidate who got further than many expected her to by finishing a close second to Macron in the first round of presidential balloting, will calm France’s neighbors for the time being. The stock markets across the continent, which hate uncertainty, point to big gains in the immediate aftermath of the election.

The problem for Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker and a member of the cabinet of the deeply unpopular incumbent, Francois Hollande, is that he might not be able to scrape up enough support in parliament to govern effectively.

He will have to wheedle deals with the established political parties – the right-leaning Republicans and the left-wing Socialists, to secure a majority in the National Assembly. Even if he accomplishes that, he will have to convince the deeply skeptical electorate that they have put someone in power who can break the tired mold of French politics being entrusted to a small circle of elite, and often corrupt insiders.

Perhaps most tellingly, a quarter of registered voters simply didn’t cast ballots in the second round, either disgusted by both candidates or not caring enough to show up. […] 

  

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