France

The Significance of Macron’s Election Victory

Only 39 years old, Emmanuel Macron is the youngest person ever elected president of the French Republic. He won the final round of the presidential elections by a landslide against the far-right Front National candidate Marine Le Pen, but he did not get the support of the majority of registered French voters. An unprecedented number of voters—over a third of the total—either abstained (25.4%) or virtually boycotted the elections by casting blank or otherwise invalid ballots (11.5%). Therefore, only 63% of French voters actually voted for one or the other candidate.

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Lost in Reaction: The French War on Terror

The newly elected French president will inherit a difficult security situation. A state of emergency has been in effect ever since the outrageous terrorist actions of November 2015 and is due to remain in force until at least next July.

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