Sunday, May 7th, 2017, the French turned out in big numbers, young and old, to unanimously hand over the governing key of their nation to 39-year-old centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron. Pollsters had predicted a historic second round win for the youthful former banker and true to their word, the En Marche's politician scooped over 60 percent of total votes cast against far-right Marine Le Pen's less than 40 percent.

What a Macron win means for France and the European Union

In Marine Le Pen's own words, emmanuel macron's win was massive and historic.

She even called the president-elect and personally congratulated him, wishing him success in taking France to the promised land. She also enjoyed some self-success having rebranded and brought the Front National Party a long way since taking over from her father. Her hard-line positions on issues like religion, immigration, international trade and the eurozone seem to have cost her the presidency, but she is ready to put up a spirited fight for her party in the upcoming June general elections.

Emmanuel Macron signifies hope, said former US President Barrack Obama in a video endorsement of his candidature days to the election. The sitting world number one Donald Trump, alongside White House spokesperson Sean Spicer, also offered official congratulations to the People Of France for such an effective democratic process; promising to partner with Emmanuel Macron to boost the already existing good relationship between the two countries.

In such days as these, where racial prejudice and religious intolerance pose a major threat, Emmanuel Macron won the hearts of many by refusing to discriminate against religion. Marine Le Pen had offered to ban religious symbols such as Sikh turbans, the burkini, skullcaps, headscarves, the Jewish kippa and visible crosses in public schools and open places.

This sparked a wide outrage in France and many favored Macron's candidature as he advocated for freedom to practice one's preferred religion.

Whereas Le Pen wanted nothing to do with the European Union, strongly indicating towards a Frexit immediately she takes office, Emmanuel Macron says the 19 countries eurozone should be united with a common budget and a finance minister to oversee operations.

This way as a bloc they can face off stiff competition from business giants like China. He also supports international trade partnerships like the one between Canada and Europe which Marine Le Pen was opposed to.


Moving forward

Emmanuel Macron clearly seems as the hope that not only the people of France need but also Europe. With vast experience in Finance and banking, a youthful soul and a tolerant spirit, Emmanuel Macron might just steer Europe to greatness.