The incumbent President of France, Emmanuel Macron, on Sunday, defeated his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the presidential election. The 44-year-old centrist leader, according to poll agencies, was set to win around 58 percent of the vote in the second-round run-off compared to Le Pen’s 42 percent. The win for Macron comes at a time when there is an ongoing war in Europe with Russia invading Ukraine. With this win, Macron became the first President of France in the last 20 years to grab the presidency twice. However, Le Pen’s result also marks the closest the far-right party has ever come to grabbing the power in the French Republic.
Addressing his supporters and the citizens of France, Macron, in his victory speech in central Paris at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, said, “An answer must be found to the anger and disagreements that led many of our compatriots to vote for the extreme right. It will be my responsibility and that of those around me.” He further added, “We have a lot to do and the war in Ukraine reminds us that we are going through tragic times where France must make its voice heard.”
Taking it to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, penned a congratulatory note to his French counterpart. PM Modi tweeted “Congratulations to my friend @EmmanuelMacron on being re-elected as the President of France! I look forward to continue working together to deepen the India-France Strategic Partnership. (sic.)”
Soon after poll agencies predicted a comfortable win for Macron, congratulations have been pouring in for the 44-year-old Macron from top world leaders. Joe Biden, the President of the United States wrote “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron on his re-election. France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges. I look forward to our continued close cooperation — including on supporting Ukraine, defending democracy, and countering climate change (sic).”
Earlier, five years ago, Macron swept the election against Le Pen to become the youngest President of France at the age of 39. However, the victory margin of Macron is expected to be smaller this time, with polling agencies projecting Macron to win at least 57% of the vote.