President Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected to a second term, defeating the nationalist-populist Marine Le Pen.
The 44-year-old defeated his main rival, Marine Le Pen, with 58.2% of the vote.
Mrs. Marine’s nationalist-populist scored 41.8% of the vote.
Macron and Marine Le Pen tied for the votes in the first round, each receiving 24%.
Emmanuel Macron, a centrist, was re-elected president of France on April 24th in the second and final round of voting.
Mr. Macron is the first incumbent president of France to be re-elected in 20 years.
Emmanuel, who is also the ex-officio co-prince of Andorra, is the only president in the Fifth Republic to be re-elected by direct democratic elections while keeping a parliamentary majority.
Macron reelection speech
Mr Macron thanks the people of France for voting for him again into power.
- He said “many French people had not voted for him for his projects, but to block the far right”.
- “This vote binds me for all the years to come”
- “Above all, thank you, after five years of transformations, happy and difficult times, on April 24, 2022, a majority of you have chosen to trust me to lead the future of the Republic for the next five years.
- “I want to thank all the activists, volunteers, fellow travelers who have been with me since the beginning.”
- “I know what I owe you. I want to thank all the French men and women who have placed their trust in me.”
- “I also know that many of our compatriots voted for me not to support the ideas I hold but to block the extreme right.”
- “I want to thank them and tell them that this vote obliges me for years to come.”
- “I am also thinking of all our compatriots who abstained, their silence expresses a refusal to choose which we must also respond to.”
- “From now on, I am no longer the candidate of one camp but the president of all. I know that for many of our compatriots who have chosen the far right today, the anger and disagreement that led them to this vote must also find an answer.”
- “Today’s vote requires us to consider all the difficulties of lived lives.”
- “The war in Ukraine is there to remind us that we are living in tragic times, where France must respond and show its strength. And we will.”
- “We must also be caring and respectful because our country is peopled with divisions. No one will be left by the wayside.”
- “We will not be quiet in the years to come for sure, but they will be historic. This new era will not be the continuity of the quinquennium which is ending.”