“I’m not the candidate of one camp any more, but the president of all of us.”
French President Emmanuel Macron, in his victory speech following the presidential election. He is the first French president in 20 years to be re-elected for a second term.
apr 25, 2022
- French President Emmanuel Macron, a centrist, received about 59% of the vote — while Marine Le Pen, far-right, received about 41%. This is the second time these two candidates have faced off in the final round of the presidential election.
- Le Pen called the results “a shining victory,” saying that “in this defeat, I can’t help but feel a form of hope.” She received an "unprecedented" high percentage of votes for a far-right candidate in a French presidential election (AP).
- Why It Matters: France is the European Union's main military power and its second-largest economy. The French president is considered a major leader on both a European and a global scale.
Emmanuel Macron wins French election (The Guardian)
To Europe’s relief, France’s Macron wins but far-right gains (Associated Press)