He attained his victory on Sunday with a business-friendly plan for European integration. His vision defeated Marine Le Pen’s. Pen is a far-right nationalist who threatened to withdraw from the European Union.
The emphatic victory of the centrist also smashed French mainstream parties’ dominance. Macron is now the youngest president in the country’s history. He’s currently 39 years old and he was an economy minister and investment banker.
The precocious achievement of Macron erases the record that was held by Napoleon’s nephew, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, since 1848. Bonaparte won the presidency at the age of 40.
Macron emerged from obscurity a year ago when he launched his political movement En Marche. The independent party promised in doing all they can to break decades of tradition in the political scene of France. The party also promised that they will rule neither from the right or left.
Macron chose to quit the socialist government of former President François Hollande to run for the presidency when Hollande chose not to seek out another term.
The victory of Macron represents a repudiation of an adverse response to Muslim immigration, as well as unity across Europe. Both aspects were threatened by Macron’s running opponent, Le Pen, as she wanted to get the country out of the EU.
The new French President is a confident and charismatic leader and he’s married to his former high school teacher who’s 24 years older than him.
In Macron’s victory speech, he said that he knows that what lies ahead of him won’t be easy. However, he vows that he will always be transparent and will protect the entire country against threats. Macron delivered his victory speech in Paris outside Louvre. “What I want is to unite the country and the French people. I will serve the country with force and humility.”
Macron also promised that he will see to it that infrastructure and public health are taken cared of during his presidency. He swore to modernize workplace rules and cut tax rates. When Macron was an economy minister, he introduced “Macron Law” which allowed stores to open during Sundays.
When he was working under the administration of Hollande, he attempted to erase the negative perceptions that people had in terms of French business.
“Here in France, we’re upset and afraid because of the destruction of jobs,” said Macron in an interview with USA Today. “However, innovation and creation are part of France’s DNA.”
Former US President, Barack Obama, announced that he supports Macron. Obama also said that he endorsed Macron only because he thought the election in France was very important.
Hollande confirmed that he will formally hand over the power on Sunday, 14th of May. Traditionally, France's nuclear codes will be handed over during a brief meeting. The newly elected President will then return to the palace to be inaugurated. Macron will give an inaugural address during the inauguration ceremony.