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    Default Emmanuel Macron elected president of France

    Way to go, France.
    Too bad the US wasn't capable of the same common sense.

    Macron wins French presidency by decisive margin over Le Pen


    Centrist independent is projected to win by 65.1% to 34.9% but defeat still marks historically high vote for France’s far right


    Centrist independent is projected to win by 65.1% to 34.9% but defeat still marks historically high vote for France’s far right












    Emmanuel Macron waves to supporters next to his wife, Brigitte, after casting his ballot. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images



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    Sunday 7 May 2017 19.01 BSTLast modified on Sunday 7 May 2017 19.44 BST

    The pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a decisive victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen that his supporters hailed as holding back the tide of populism.

    Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 65.1% to Le Pen’s 34.9%, according to initial projections from early counts.
    “A new page in our long history this evening,” Macron said in a statement. “I would like it to be one of hope and of confidence rediscovered.”
    But Le Pen’s score nonetheless marked a historic high for the French far right. Despite a lacklustre campaign that ended with a calamitous performance in the final TV debate, she was projected to have taken more than 10 million votes, roughly double that of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, when he reached the presidential run-off in 2002. The anti-immigration, anti-EU Front National’s supporters asserted that the party has a central place as an opposition force in France.
    Macron, who has never held elected office and was unknown until three years ago, is France’s youngest president. He will take over a country under a state of emergency, still facing a major terrorism threat and struggling with a stagnant economy after decades of mass unemployment. France is also divided after an election campaign in which anti-establishment anger saw the traditional left and right ruling parties ejected from the race in the first round for the first time since the period after the second world war.
    François Bayrou, an ex-minister and Macron’s centrist ally said: “He is the youngest head of state on the planet” which “sends an incredible message of hope.”
    Le Pen swiftly conceded defeat. Saying she had won a “historic and massive” score which made her leader of “the biggest opposition force” in France, she vowed to radically overhaul her Front National party. Her promise to “transform” her far-right movement, left open the possibility that the party could be expanded and renamed in an attempt to boost its electoral chances.
    The Socialist president François Hollande, who was once Macron’s mentor and had appointed him economy minister, said: “His large victory confirms that a very great majority of our citizens wanted to unite around the values of the Republic and show their attachment to the European Union and show France is open to the world.”
    Turnout was projected to have been the lowest in more than 40 years. Macron’s victory came not only because voters supported his policy platform for free market, pro-business reform, and his promises to energise the EU coupled with a leftwing approach to social issues. Some of his voters came from other parties across the political spectrum and turned out not in complete support of his programme, but to stop the Front National.

    In a political landscape with a strong hard left and far right, Macron faces the challenge of trying to win a parliamentary majority for his fledgling political movement En Marche! (On the Move) in legislative elections next month. Without a majority, he will not be able to carry out his manifesto promises.
    After the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as US president, the race for the Élyséewas the latest election to shake up establishment politics by kicking out the figures that stood for the status quo, ejecting the mainstream parties that have dominated French politics for 50 years and leaving the political novice Macron to do battle with the far right.


    His victory comes after a bitter campaign with Le Pen in which she accused him of being part of an elite that did not understand ordinary people, and he said Le Pen represented the “party of hatred” that wanted a “civil war” in France. The run-off pitted France’s most Europhile candidate against its most Europhobe.

    Hours before the end of campainging on Friday night, Macron’s campaign was hacked, which Paris prosecutors are investigating. Hundreds of thousands of emails and documents were dumped online and spread by WikiLeaks in what his campaign called an attempt at “democratic destabilisation”.

    Macron, a former investment banker and senior civil servant who grew up in a bourgeois family in Amiens, served as deputy chief of staff to the Socialist president, François Hollande, but was not part of the Socialist party.
    In 2014, Hollande appointed him economy minister, but he left government in 2016, complaining that pro-business reforms were not going far enough. A year ago, he formed En Marche!, promising to shake up France’s “vacuous” and discredited political class.

    Macron campaigned on pledges to ease labour laws, improve education in deprived areas and extend protections for self-employed people.

    The election race was full of extraordinary twists and turns. Hollande became the first president since the war to decide not to run again for office after slumping to record unpopularity with a satisfaction rating of 4%.
    His troubled five-year term left France still struggling with a sluggish economy and a mood of disillusionment with the political class. The country is more divided than ever before. More than 230 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in little more than two years, the political class is questioning Islam’s place in French society, and more than 3 million people are unemployed.

    The rightwing candidate François Fillon, one seen as a favourite, was badly damaged by a judicial investigation into a string of corruption allegations, including that he had paid his wife and children generous salaries from public funds for fake parliamentary assistant jobs.
    The ruling Socialist party, under its candidate Benoît Hamon, saw its score plunge to 6%, while the hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon finished fourth.
    The final round marks a redrawing of the political landscape, away from the old left-right divide towards a contest between a liberal, pro-globalisation stance, and “close the borders” nationalism. Le Pen has styled the election as being between her party’s “patriots” and the “globalists” she says Macron represents.










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    Liberté, égalité, fraternité!!
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    Thank God. After The Netherlands, France is the second European country that has said no to the fascists. What's happening in the US is scaring most in Europe shitless.
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    35% is still a really high percentage.

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    Right choice!

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    Trump supporters show their true colors again.

    Source: Resistance Report

    Trump supporters react to the French election in the most disgusting way
    Emmanuel Macron absolutely demolished far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election. Trump supporters aren’t taking it well.
    Le Pen was widely viewed as the French counterpart to President Donald Trump, who endorsed her prior to the first round of voting. She ran on a far-right platform of leaving the European Union, closing France’s borders off from immigrants and refugees, and made Islamophobia a centerpiece of her campaign, blaming the global Islamic community for a recent spate of Islamic extremist terror attacks in France. Le Pen has vowed to start her own party and campaign for the presidency again in 2022.

    While Trump was at least gracious enough to say he would work with President-elect Macron in a tweet on Sunday afternoon, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are now predictably condemning France as eternally doomed for embracing multiculturalism and welcoming in refugees from war-torn regions. However, it’s important to remember that Le Pen supporters are in the minority, as she only managed to capture just over a third of all votes in Sunday’s election.


    Here are some of the more vile responses from Trump supporters in response to Macron’s overwhelming victory. In a shocking twist that should surprise no one, some of the most despicable responses were in a Breitbart Twitter thread about Le Pen’s loss:
    Lucid Hurricane™✘‏ @Forever_Lucid
    Macron will put sanctions on Poland for not taking refugees, Poland invades and makes France great again. #maybe?
    Lauren Southern@Lauren_Southern
    Macron elected president of France. Congrats on your soulless banker and dying culture, liberals.
    Curtis@FowlCanuck
    I like how France suffered from horrific terrorist attack after horrific terrorist attack, and then said "Yeah, let's have more of that".
    John Ruiz@MediaBiasPolice
    Yep. France deserves what they will get: TERROR attacks, mass rapes, flood of refugees, culture destruction. They are f*cked.
    MMTCHICK‏ @Mrsmmtbeauty The French don't care about their national security and they really don't take radical Islamic terrorism serious, at all! Sad, for them!
    Adrian‏ @cnnizfakenews
    French cucks ,its not the 1st time they surrender.
    Don Vito@Don_Vito_08
    France chose corruption, globalism, & Islamification with #MacronPresident #PrayforFrance. #frenchelection #presidentielle2017

    Based Monitored🇺🇸‏ @BasedMonitored
    France is now at the mercy of Angela Merkel. Get ready for a wave of "refugees" and more attacks, France. #FrenchElection #FranceIsDead

    James Wilson‏ @jnj5wilson France is now gone. It's a write off. The people are either to stupid to help themselves or the immigrants now dictate French policy.
    Cassandra Fairbanks‏@CassandraRules
    Man. Well. France stays on the list of countries I am never going to. Clearly sexism at work there. #StillWithHer
    Common Sense‏ @nevrcomplicated Tourism just fell 98%. Wouldn't go there if you paid me. Not safe, the French just made a huge mistake. They will learn the hard way.
    Veteran Ben‏ @BenWilhelm1230
    Your next EO should be banning refugees from France. I have a feeling it will come in handy.
    Trump USA‏ @MADE__USA
    It will be heartbreaking to watch the destruction of France right before our very eyes. America is with you @MLP_officiel Marine Le Pen!
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    The fucking irony of some of these comments....

    Especially these coming from people in Trump's America
    'Common Sense‏ @nevrcomplicated Tourism just fell 98%. Wouldn't go there if you paid me. Not safe, the French just made a huge mistake. They will learn the hard way'

    ' Trump USA‏ @MADE__USA
    It will be heartbreaking to watch the destruction of France right before our very eyes. America is with you'
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    With all votes counted, Macron got 66.06% to marine le pen's 33.94%

    which is still way too much, and way more than the front national has ever achieved in a national election but all things considered, and given the current worldwide tendency toward populist, racist assholes, still a resounding win by macron. 2/3 of the country remain sane, which is more than we can say for some other countries.
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    Hm. Maybe time to visit France. And the Netherlands
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    Good! Glad Le Pen didn't win

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    I am so fucking relieved. I will say that Trump, I believe, at least served as a horrible warning to everyone else in the world to wake the fuck up.
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