Monday, 8 May 2017

French election: Emmanuel Macron joins VE Day commemorations after decisive victory

Emmanuel Macron is taking part in VE Day commemorations in Paris, hours after being voted France's youngest-ever president.
Appearing alongside outgoing leader Francois Hollande in front of the Arc De Triomphe, the 39-year-old laid a wreath and spoke to veterans at a ceremony marking the end of World War II in Europe.

Mr Macron, who will be inaugurated on Sunday, polled 66% of the vote as he overwhelmingly defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the race for the Elysee Palace.

Despite this, the president-elect acknowledged he faces an "immense task" ahead as he seeks to unite a fractured nation.

Addressing the national after his victory, he said: "I know the divisions in our nation, which have led some to vote for the extremes. I respect them.

"I know the anger, the anxiety, the doubts that very many of you have also expressed. It's my responsibility to hear them."

Ms Le Pen, who conceded defeat after polls closed, said she would look to lead "a profound reformation of our movement to constitute a new political force".

Mr Macron's victory marked a stunning rise for the pro-EU centrist politician, who just a year ago resigned as economy minister to set up his own party.

The election itself also saw a remarkable shift in French politics, with the traditional centre-right and centre-left parties falling at the first round for the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic by Charles de Gaulle in 1958.

SKY     News.