May 8, 2017 at 6:18 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Macron defeats Le Pen to become France’s next president
Emmanuel Marcon, gay news, Washington Blade

Emmanuel Macron (Photo by OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Emmanuel Macron will become the next president of France after he defeated Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front party in the second round of the country’s presidential election that took place on Sunday.

Macron defeated Le Pen by a 65.1-34.9 margin. Macron – a centrist who, among other things, supports France’s same-sex marriage law that took effect in 2015 – will succeed President François Hollande who opted not to seek re-election amid record low poll numbers.

“I called Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him on his election,” said Hollande on Twitter after the election results became known. “I offered him my best wishes for the success of our country.”

The Associated Press reported Le Pen called Macron to congratulate him. President Trump is among those who have also applauded the French president-elect.

“I very much looking forward to working with him,” said Trump on Twitter.

Le Pen campained on anti-Muslim, anti-EU platform

Le Pen campained on an anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-European Union platform. She also said she would repeal France’s same-sex marriage law if elected.

Le Pen and Macron won the first round of France’s presidential election on April 23, which took place three days after a gunman killed a gay police officer on Paris’ Champs-Élysées. The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack that left two other police officers injured.

Macron and others accused Le Pen of exploiting the shooting in the immediate lead up to the first round of the election. Trump said he thought the incident “would probably” help Le Pen in the election.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday in a tweet described Macron’s win as a “victory for France, the EU and the world.” She also referenced Macron’s claim that his campaign suffered a “massive” hack ahead of Sunday’s vote.

The Russian government continues to deny that it interfered in the U.S. presidential election in order to ensure Trump defeated Clinton.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • Assalamalekum. I am so happy that Marcon won. He will make a great president and many of my people plan to move to France to live permanently and join the millions who are already there. He will welcome us with open arms and even light the Eiffel Tower green for our Holy Month of Ramadamn. I hope he will take the initiative to cover all those sinful nude statues there.

    May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

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