With all of the problems France has had with Islamic terrorists, some of whom were immigrants and refugees from Syria and the Middle East, it would have only made sense for the French people to elect a conservative who promised to do something about it. But that’s not the case. Instead, the French people rejected the bid of Marine Le Pen to be the next French President and protect the nation from refugees, immigrants and terrorist, they elected centrist Emmanuel Macron, who probably will do little to protect France.
France on Sunday shrugged off the siren call of right-wing populism that enchanted voters in the United States and United Kingdom, rejecting anti-E.U. firebrand Marine Le Pen and choosing as its next president Emmanuel Macron, a centrist political neophyte who has pledged to revive both his struggling country and the flailing continent.
The result brought to a close a tumultuous and polarized campaign that defied prediction at nearly every turn, though not at the end. Pre-election polls had forecast a sizable Macron victory, and he appeared to have delivered, with projections issued after polls closed showing him with around 65 percent of the vote.
In a speech to the nation, Macron said the country had “turned a new page in our long history. I want it to be a page of renewed hope and trust.”
After having socialist and liberal leaders, France is destined to continue with the status quo with Macron as their new president. It’s a clear sign that liberalism is still alive and well in France and that barely a third of the voters cast their ballots for a conservative who promised to help protect the nation.