Sunday, May 7, 2017

Emmanuel Macron is new President of France

(This was a live page)

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Marine Le Pen supporters are saying this is not a defeat. But another landmark in the march of their party. At the very start of Front National, it got around 0.4% votes. In 2002 they got around 17% and today it's around 35%. They say they will continue to move ahead.
Le Pen said the party will get a revamp. Already the present FN is far diluted version of the party her father founded in 1972. Is the original FN dead? Now how will the new FN look like?

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Emmanuel Macron makes a short and sober speech. Thanks voters. Assures the people that he would protect the country and keep it united.
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France is at a turning point. Beginning of a new chapter in its political, economic and social life. We will await who Macron's Prime Minister will be. Macron will also need support in Parliament to rule; and remember all the major parties were rejected by the people in this election. The National Assembly election comes up in January, that will give a clearer picture what lies ahead for France in the four to five years from now.

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En Marche is the party that Macron belongs to. And that party is just one year old. Imagine such a party winning the Presidential election of a country like France, quite historic, a world record of sorts. Just shows the sort of polity that exists in France. I guess, many people would have voted for Macron to be on the safe side, in order to not make matters worse by voting for Le Pen.

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Nearly a third of voters cast blank ballots.. apparently the highest. .. That's the protest vote.

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Marine Le Pen concedes defeat
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According to the BBC Emmanuel Macron is the new President of France with 65.5% of votes

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Opinion polls have been putting Macron ahead of Le Pen... Let us see who the people have actually voted for. ... We will know in a few minutes.

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Polls will close in another five minutes; and in a few minutes we will get to know who the next President of France.


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the live blog. I think the election for their National Assembly next month will decide how France will be governed for the next 5 years. In case Mr. Macron's party did not get a majority, he will have problems.

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