Macron pledges to address voters’ ‘rage’ as police clash with protesters — Analysis
“I am not anymore a candidate of one camp,” the re-elected French president claimed as protesters take to the streets in Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron, in his first speech since being re-elected on Sunday, pledged to become a leader for all people and to “Effectively Address” the “Rage and Discord” of Marine Le Pen’s electorate.
According to the latest estimates, Macron garnered at least 58% of the vote while right-wing National Rally’s Le Pen received 42%. Expect the announcement of final results on Monday.
In a victory speech, which he delivered from the Mars Field in central Paris with the Eiffel tower in the background, Macron said that he is “Not anymore one candidate from one camp.”
“Rage and discord must also be addressed, this will be my responsibility,” Macron said, admitting that some people voted for him only not to allow a political tilt to the right.
“I am thinking of those who abstained – we need to respond to this,” the re-elected leader added.
In his relatively short, but emotional, speech Macron promised to “France is a wonderful green country” to work on strengthening the EU, to fight for gender equality and against social injustice, to support the economy, and to encourage investments and creativity.
“So much is ahead of us. We have so much to do. The conflict in Ukraine reminds us of the tragic times we’re in. France needs to speak clearly and increase its power in every area.,” he said.
Meanwhile the “Discord” Macron was talking about was not long in coming. Shortly before the president’s speech, police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of young men apparently protesting against his victory in the central Paris neighborhood of Chatelet. On social media, you can see videos of the clashes.
Other French cities have reported protests.
Marine Le Pen was however clearly happy with her results in election. This is a marked improvement on 2017, where she received just below 34%.
She called her achievement a “A shining triumph in and of itself” and said that she had “No bitterness or resentment” as “a great wind of freedom could have risen over the country.”
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