Emmanuel Macron Wins Second Term As French President; Congratulations Pour In

Emmanuel Macron won a second term on Sunday in France’s presidential election with 58.2 per cent of the vote, local media reported.

Macron’s far-right challenger Marine Le Pen won 41.8 per cent of the vote in an election that saw the country’s highest abstention rate in 50 years, France 24 reported citing an estimate from the Ipsos polling institute.

Macron is on his way to the Eiffel Tower, where he will give his victory speech on the Champ de Mars, according to France 24.

Congratulation wishes poured in from around the world after Macron won the French presidential election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Macron. He tweeted, “Congratulations to my friend @EmmanuelMacron on being re-elected as the President of France! I look forward to continue working together to deepen the India-France Strategic Partnership.”

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his congratulations to Macron in English and French. “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron on your re-election as President of France. France is one of our closest and most important allies. I look forward to continuing to work together on the issues which matter most to our two countries and to the world,” Johnson tweeted.

US President Joe Biden also took to Twitter to congratulate Macron for his win. “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron on his re-election. France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges. I look forward to our continued close cooperation — including on supporting Ukraine, defending democracy, and countering climate change,” Biden tweeted.

Macron was born in December 1977 in Amiens. He studied philosophy and later attended the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) where he graduated in 2004.

He then joined the Inspectorate General of Finance where he worked for four years before entering the banking sector.

In 2012, he became Deputy General Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic. He left office in July 2014 and served as the Minister for Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs from August 2014 to August 2016.

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