Emmanuel Macron defeats Marine Le Pen

The results of the French presidential election are in: Emmanuel Macron won a second term as French president with a comfortable majority. However, this victory is tempered by the fact that the extreme right, led by Marine Le Pen, achieved its best result in the history of the Fifth Republic.

Ido Vock discusses Macron’s success and Le Pen’s relative gains with the new statesmanforeign editor, Megan Gibson.

They cover the reaction in France and around the world, the sincerity of Macron’s promise to bring about change via an entirely new political project, and the legislative elections looming in June.

As the election is over, the France elects The podcast series will continue to provide updates on French politics with special episodes to cover major developments.

Further reading:

Macron is re-elected: results and live analysis here.

How Le Pen failed to deliver a knockout blow to Macron in a televised debate.

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