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French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

September 21 2017, 02:21 | Irvin Gilbert

French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

We are about to see a May monopoly in politics. Partly this is the fault of the Labour Party which produced a hopeless leader in Jeremy Corbyn and then proved too inept to remove him. But the party I blame most is Ukip

Leaders of French Jewry expressed relief at the defeat of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the presidential election but concern that she received more than a third of the vote.

"I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that are undermining us", he said.

With 99 percent of communes reporting, Macron won an estimated 66 percent of the vote over Le Pen's 34 percent. The abstention rate, about 25 percent, was the highest in French presidential elections since 1969.

But he faces a tall order to convert his victory into the majority he needs to implement his ambitious agenda of labor, welfare and education reforms.

The FN holds just two parliamentary seats now but is hoping to increase that number to 20 following the presidential election.

His party is changing its name to La Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move) as it prepares a list of candidates.

Macron's En Marche! party may be leading in the polls for the general election, but that doesn't mean it will win a majority. As for France, it is not over yet: On June 11, the French will elect a new Parliament.

Although Macron was a political outsider until his election, he worked in high-powered finance, making him "very much a member of the 'establishment, '" according to Naomi. He has previously said he would like to appoint a woman.

Le Pen herself drew criticism for saying that today's France bore no responsibility for the roundup and deportation of French Jews during World War II.

Here is a selection of comments from world leaders and other political heavyweights on Macron's election victory. France remains in a state of emergency courtesy of terrorism, the economy is stagnant and the battle now is between the Macron "globalists" and the Le Pen "patriots". Instead, her defeat at the hands of a pro-Europe market liberal gave the continent's political union both a stay of execution and a dire warning: Right-wing nationalists might not be strong enough to claim the French presidency just yet, but Le Pen still fared much better than her father had in previous campaigns. Her deputy said the party would get a new name. All 577 seats in the National Assembly are up for grabs.

Theresa May said a border control deal between the United Kingdom and France would be "up for discussion" after the General Election in June. But the challenges facing France's new leader are vast: He and the party he created from scratch barely a year ago will now try to stock the country's legislature with enough allies to move his agenda forward.

They've got a couple of years to rebuild and try again before the next elections, but it's hard to see where they go from here.

For his part, Macron must unite a deeply divided country and deliver on his promise to inject new life into its moribund economy by delivering jobs for young people and hope for the immigrants in depressed working class suburbs around France's major cities. His 64-year-old wife Brigitte joined him on stage with her children and grandchildren, a sign that they will be a highly visible couple when he is in office.

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