Emmanuel Macron was elected as the youngest President-elect of France on May 7th, 2017.

He beat his opponent, Marine Le Pen, by winning 66.1% of the vote while she received 33.9%.

Le Pen is part of the National Front right wing French Political Party, which strongly supported French nationalism and controls on immigration. It often has been accused of fostering xenophobia and anti-Semitism, according to Britannica.com.

Prior to his decision to run in the French election, he took on the roles as Head of the Economy and Finances Division, Deputy-Secretary General of the Presidency and French Minister of the Economy, Industry, and Digital Affairs. However, in August 2016, Macron “quit the government to form a Centrist party and launch a presidential bid as an outsider,” according to telegraph.co.uk.

This new party he created, En March! (On the Move!), was launched on April 6, 2016 and revolved around three republican values: freedom, equality, and fraternity, according to en-march.fr.


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Macron will be sworn in as President officially on May 14th.

 

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