Election: Macron defeats Le Pen to win second term

25 Apr 2022

Emmanuel Macron’s presidential election victory makes him the first French president to win a second term in two decades.

Macron won 58.54% of the votes whilst far-right challenger Marine Le Pen won 41.46%, Sky News reports.

During his victory speech Macron, who became the country’s youngest president five years ago at the age of 39, said he’ll be "president for all of us" in France. "Many of our compatriots voted for me not out of support for my ideas but to block those of the extreme right. I want to thank them and I know that I have a duty towards them in the years to come.”

He added: "We will have to be benevolent and respectful because our country is riddled with so many doubts, so many divisions.

"No one will be left by the wayside. It will be up to us to work together to achieve this unity which will enable us to live happier lives in France. The years to come will certainly not be quiet, but they will be historic."

However, after conceding defeat, Marine Le Pen stated: "Tonight's result is in itself an earth-shattering victory (for us)," she told her supporters.

"I fear that the five-year term that is about to begin will not break with the brutal methods of the previous one.”

She went on to say: "In order to avoid the monopolisation of power by a few, more than ever I will pursue my commitment to France and the French people with the energy, perseverance and affection that you know me for."

Following Macron’s win, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "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."

Whereas U.S. President Joe Biden tweeted: "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."