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Emmanuel Macron Victorious in French Presidential Election

by Joseph David, Reporter

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Last night Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron took the French presidency against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Macron won by a decisive margin, a staggering 66 percent to Le Pen’s 34 percent.

The 39 year old strongly supports business and a unified European Union. En Marche!, founded by Macron himself and his standing political party, considers itself to be progressive.

Prior to the election, former president Francois Hollande, plagued by poor approval ratings, decided not to run for reelection. Originally, 11 official candidates were drawn for the presidency. The first round began on April 10 and ran for 11 days. Two debates were held during this time period. Macron was the favorite in both. As the first round failed to usher a clear victor, a second round was held. There was only one debate by which again Macron significantly routed. On May 5 the official campaign ended and the following day was accompanied by voting.

“It is unpredictable what Macron will do, but according to the polls, it seems that half of France knows what the country needs”, said sophomore Alex Clark.

With 98 percent of votes reported and over 50 percent of votes needed to win, Macron will be the next French president with the official result to be sealed on May 10.

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