According to ijr:
Macron Declared Victorious in Hotly Contested Election That Could Turn France — And the EU — on Its Head.
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has been declared the victor in France’s 2017 presidential election.
Even before the polls closed on May 7, it was clear that France was headed in a different direction. The only unknown quantity was just how different that direction might be.
France’s two major parties, one very left-leaning and the other center-right, were both shut out of the final election by a centrist (Emmanuel Macron) and the far-right National Front Party candidate, Marine Le Pen.
Macron, though he is not as far left as current President Francois Hollande, would likely maintain the status quo in a lot of respects. He supports France’s continued participation in the European Union and served as economics minister for the current president.
Le Pen has long been considered the wild card. She opposes the EU’s policies regarding refugees and has said that she would pursue France’s withdrawal from the EU. Often referred to as “the female Donald Trump,” she holds nothing back when speaking to the public.
Election Day was not without its drama. After mass protests resulted in a number of arrests following the first round of elections in late April, security had been increased dramatically. And the increase proved to be a good thing, as an early morning security scare resulted in the Louvre being evacuated temporarily.
Despite a rocky start and low turnout — only 65 percent of voters had made it to the polls by 5 p.m., something that was projected to hurt Macron more than Le Pen — Macron was declared the winner just after polls closed.
The Telegraph reported:
Emmanuel Macron has beaten Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s French election and taken more than 65 per cent of the vote, according to exit polls.
Polling conducted by Ipsos, Ifop and BVA all gave Mr Macron, the pro-business candidate, a strong lead over Front National leader Marine Le Pen.
The only question that remains is whether Le Pen was right in the prediction she madeduring their final debate: “France will be led by a woman, either me or Mrs. Merkel.”
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