Newly elected Emmanuel Macron may dramatically change France's position on Brexit negotiations

  • Newly elected Emmanuel Macron may dramatically change France's position on Brexit negotiations

Newly elected Emmanuel Macron may dramatically change France's position on Brexit negotiations

At the same time, Merkel will be aware that Macron's victory might provide nothing more than a breathing space.

At 39, the pro-EU former investment banker will become France's youngest-ever president after crushing far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the run-off on Sunday, but he faces a formidable challenge to enact his policy programme while trying to unite a fractured and demoralised country. But anti-European sentiment has a firmer foothold in Italy, which will hold a general election by early next year.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced in late April that she was calling for a snap election in the hopes of consolidating the Conservatives' parliamentary majority.

The task, though, may prove tricky for a president who had never run for a political office before and for his fledgling political movement La Republique En Marche (Republic On the Move). He wants to ease rigid labour laws he believes fuel high unemployment, cut state spending, improve education in deprived areas and increase welfare protection to the self- employed.

"He does not represent the majority of the people", said a protester who asked not to be named, further underscoring the reality that numerous votes Macron received were protest votes against Marine Le Pen. Ms. Le Pen did extremely well with men and women aged 25 to 34 where she scored 40 per cent of the vote, and 35 to 49 where she received 43 per cent, according to an Ipsos poll.

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.

Macron's win comes as a shot in the arm for otherwise despondent centrist political forces all over the world.

"I am happy with the result of Emmanuel Macron being elected president, which constitutes a veritable relief for all our nation and for the Jewish community of France", Joel Mergui, the president of the Consistoire, wrote Sunday evening in a statement by his group, which is responsible for providing religious services to Jews. Whether he gets it will depend on the results of France's parliamentary elections June 11 and 18, Nature noted.

Sebastien Philippe GS, a French citizen, noted that Macron's decision to run outside the major political parties - Les Républicains and Parti Socialiste - was very wise, as Macron understood these parties would not attract voters. The centrist may need to compromise with the left or the right to form a government. Initially at least, Macron will lend support in Europe without excessive interference, at least in foreign affairs.

And his ambitious reform agenda is likely to face fierce resistance from trade unions and far-left opponents.

The survey had no projections for the second round on June 18th.

Some have compared the scenario to him becoming similar to a monarch, while it would be Macron's prime minister who has the keys to the executive powers in France. This is in France, as is happening elsewhere, voters rejected the establishment. Make no mistake about it, that's what happened in France over the weekend.