— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 25, 2022
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.
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 24, 2022
If someone won a US presidential election by this margin, we’d call it a historic blowout. Keep in mind as pundits suggest the election was “close” in coming days. https://t.co/hFHGTW7csd
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) April 24, 2022
Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans voted for a far-right US candidate in 2016 — and he won. I guess what's objectively "better" is the French election system. https://t.co/8i6vFWRH15
— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) April 24, 2022
A reminder that, in actual functioning republics, even the far right parties don't engage in the level of authoritarian nonsense of today's GOP. No attempts to restrict suffrage. No lies about nonexistent voter fraud. No refusal to concede. No ex post coup attempts. https://t.co/sVPkbMKzoL
— Mark Copelovitch (@mcopelov) April 24, 2022
This was almost exactly Reagan's margin over Mondale, an election I personally do not consider to have been particularly close https://t.co/hhSCg5T4TD
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) April 24, 2022
First I lost Moskva. Now I lost Paris
— Darth Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) April 24, 2022
so French politics nerds, did Ukraine + her association with Putin make any difference for Le Pen or was it purely domestic issues?
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) April 24, 2022
It was also, partially, a victory for centrist, liberal, pro-European politics over the forces of populism. In the end enough voters, especially those on the left who did not back Macron in the 1st round on April 10th, decided to swing behind him in the 2nd, to keep Le Pen out
— Sophie Pedder (@PedderSophie) April 24, 2022
Hell, I wish ours was this healthy. https://t.co/k4Za1SiOep
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) April 24, 2022
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 25, 2022
Feels like someone at Reuters is subtweeting the NYTimes…
… In this former coalmining town in northern France, where unemployment runs high and the town hall is controlled by Le Pen’s party, there had been strong hopes that the far right would this time break through the glass ceiling that has kept it out of power.
Support for Le Pen’s economic nationalism is high among the region’s blue collar workforce. So too is a deep disdain for a president seen as out of touch with regular folk.
“I’ve never hated a president so much,” said Marie Souillard, 50. “I don’t fully realize it yet, but tomorrow I’m going to be like, he’s here for another five years. I’m living a nightmare.”…
Le Pen, who had been running for president for a third time, vowed to keep up the fight in parliamentary elections in June.
In his victory speech, Macron acknowledged that many voters who had rallied behind him had done so only to keep the far right out of power.
“We will have to be benevolent and respectful because our country is riddled with so many doubts, so many divisions,” he told his supporters.
However, few in Henin-Beaumont were persuaded he was sincere…
Arnaud de Rigne, 26, a member of Le Pen’s National Rally party’s national committee, said he was disappointed by Le Pen’s loss but that there were signs for hope.
“When you look at the progress she’s made — she was at 17% in 2012, 34% in 2017 and now 42% — you see that there is a constant progression,” de Rigne said. “You can’t help think that sooner or later she’s going to make it.”