France, Macron elected president: “A new chapter”

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Emmanuel Macron triumphs in the presidential elections and becomes the youngest French Head of State. There was no surprise, 60 to 40 were repeating for 15 days the pollsters, 65.5 to 35.5 was the final result, however, the highest ever achieved by the Front National.

New chapter

“A new chapter starts – were the first words of Macron – I want it to be the one of hope and confidence”. This the first expression of thirty-nine-year-old new president, who spoke – as promised – first of all with Marine Le Pen to pay homage to the opponent, then with the President Francois Hollande.

The speech

Macron wrote his first speech in the general headquarters of the XV arrondissement, on the sixth floor that was accessible only to Brigitte and to the closer circle of his staff. He gave the speech one hour later, with his gaze fixed and the eyes shining with tension, a low and concentrated voice, the words pronounced slowly: “I appeal to all of you, whatever was your choice. I do not deny the economic and social difficulties, the moral depression. At this moment, I wish to address my republican greeting to my opponent, Mrs Le Pen”. Then the promise to “protect” and “keep France united“, and the equally solemn one to “defend the common destiny of Europe“. Then, surrounded by imposing security measures, the transfer to the Louvre, where an immense crowd was waiting for him.

It is the image that turns definitively the page of the “normal president” Hollande, to open the one of the solemnity, somehow of the mysticism of a multitude of followers in adoration of a guru. Three minutes’ walk, alone, around the perimeter of the great Museum with the crowd following him on the screens and the ode to joy in the background, then the inflamed speech: “France won” before to bring on stage Brigitte and the extended family. It is a celebration that only a few month ago nobody would neither distantly imagined in a France in which since always whoever wants to aspire to the Eliseo must have “a party behind”.

Record Abstention

Macron did not have one, he built it in a few months and – on the contrary – loaded it on his shoulders. He saw, week after week, fall at his feet the old allies and friends of the left government, starting from President Hollande – the first head of state of the Fifth Republic that did not reapply – up to the friend-rival Manuel Valls. The Hara-kiri of Francois Fillon and the “plafond de verre”, the glass ceiling, that blocks since always the Front National at the last obstacle, did the rest. Remains “the enormous task” that Macron has recognized immediately in in the speech at the Louvre, to reunite a divided Country, in which – though – less than half of the voters expressed their preference for him. In particular, records of abstention for a second round (25.3%) and absolute record of blank and void votes, 12%. A lot of this “third choice” is attributable to the radical left of Jean-Luc Melenchon, finished fourth in the first round and blurred in these days in a “nor Macron nor the Pen”.

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