How France Voted

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Emanuel Macron at 39 is the youngest President in France's history. Whether you support him or not we can agree that he has a tough road ahead in the next few weeks. For some insights here is a breakdown of how and where French voters cast their ballot. 

Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency over the right-wing nationalist Marine Le Pen in a sweeping victory that resounded across the country. The result bolstered the European Union and showed the limits of Ms. Le Pen’s far-right message.

But Mr. Macron, a political newcomer who campaigned on a centrist, pro-Europe platform, gained widespread support from voters who rejected him in the first round. The vote preserved a French political tradition of mainstream parties working together to bar candidates from the far right, known as the Republican Front. Many voters said they saw him as the lesser of two evils.

Ms. Le Pen’s only strong results were in areas in the north and south that she had won decisively in the first round. But Mr. Macron won most demographic groups over all: urban, rural, places with high unemployment and low unemployment. He won nearly 90 percent of the vote in Paris. Read more. This article first appeared in The New York Times 

For an Australian perspective on the French elections Alan Kohler's column from the Australian. Macron's Reform Challenge or

there is Andrew Bolt's column on Emmanuel Macron: Where is the media focus on details of Macron’s relationship?

For a different perspective, there is The Guardian's perspective, Macron's victory shows cheap xenophobia can be beaten by Paul Mason. 

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