Emanuel Macron made a resounding victory over Marine Le Pen to become the President of France. Here are some broad indicators as to how political analysts, the EU, other world leaders and others who have an opinion on international politics.
- At the age of 39, Macron is set to become the youngest-ever elected head of state in the history of France. On is first contest itself, he has succeeded in gaining the French presidency.
- An independent who holds a ‘centrist philosophy’ and a pro-European globalist, the first priority of Macron would be to make efforts to unite a divided France, which was reflected in an utterly bitter and turbulent elections that took place in France in the recent times.
- He needs to bolster the economy to take it to a growth path and in the process bring down the high unemployment that is dogging France.
Containing the monster of terrorism that has violently disturbed the social fabric of France would also have to figure in his agenda as a top priority.
World Leaders Respond
- The UK Prime Minister Theresa May was the first one among many who congratulated Macron on his victory. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokes person Steffen Seibert tweeted, the result was a victory for a “strong, united Europe”.
- Canada’s Justin Trudeau and China’s Xi Jinping opined that given the fact that Macron is a committed ‘free-trader’, his presidency would act as a counterweight to the pronounced protectionist policies of Donald Trump.
- It is a blow to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met Le Pen at the Kremlin in March and also a rebuff to Donald Trump who stated in April that Le Pen was the strongest candidate, which is disproved.
- Macron enters into an uncharted political territory and his relative inexperience may restrict his ability to fulfil the campaign pledges, especially the ones that relate to his pledge to strengthen the relations with euro, cut taxes on business, and improve competitiveness by enabling more mobility for firms in France to attract talents that would make them to relocate to France.
- A much tougher challenge that faces Macron is the winning battle for parliament. According to Dominique Revenie. Professor of Sciences Po, stated in an interview that as per the French political system, if he does not enjoy a majority in the parliament, he would be bestowed with only limited power, which implies that he might have to function more something similar to a ‘constitutional monarch’, whereas if he has a majority in the parliament, he would have all the powers which the Fifth Republic grants him as the president.
- The disgruntled Le Pen even though conceded defeat in her concession speech, yet by claiming to be a leader of the opposition by chest trumping that she would be the at the “head of this fight”.
- Challenges come along with victory but for those who have been advocating far-right policies as Le Pen who campaigned for’ anti-immigration’, ‘anti-establishment’, the election of Macron has given a blow.
- Her increase in the vote share to35%, which is twice the figure of what it she secured in 2012 is not sufficient enough to strengthen her party and policies that relate to the exit euro, restrict immigration, etc , has resulted in hearing calls that she need to “renew herself”.
- The hacking charges made by Macron’s team obviously pointed fingers at Russia who could have been involved into this hacking as already evidence has emerged of their doing so in the American elections.
- The achievement of Macron is an outstanding one, especially one considers the fact the ‘En Marche Movement’ is just a year old. An investment banker by career and an one=time economy Minister in the outgoing government of Francois Hollande, he resigned his post as late as August, 2016 to run for the presidency.
- A major credit that goes to him is the fact he is a rank outsider from the traditional party structure who becomes the first postwar head of state who has been elected to the highest office that is the, presidency of France.