The French population re-elected their current president, Emmanuel Macron, for a second presidential term for the first time in twenty years, as happened with the late French President Jacques Chirac in 2002.
Macron returned to the Elysee Palace after a heated campaign against far-right National Rally candidate Marine Le Pen, winning more than 58% of the votes, while Le Pen’s collected 42%.
The result, which sparked widespread European comfort and welcome, sparked huge celebrations among the French president’s supporters, who gathered in Paris to listen to his victory speech, in which Macron spoke about the challenges that lie ahead, pledging to implement his electoral program, confront French society’s divisions, and strive to make Europe more powerful.
“After five years of change, good and bad moments, exceptional crises, the majority has chosen to trust me today, on April 24, 2022, to continue to lead this country for the next five years.” Macron said.
At the Victory Festival, Egyptian singer Farah Al-Dibani captured the world’s attention by performing the French national anthem in the presence of Macron and his wife, the French first lady.
In the wake of the celebrations at the winning president’s residence, disappointment was evident among the supporters of the extreme right at the headquarters of the losing candidate Marine Le Pen, who expressed her gratitude for the result she achieved, considering that her party has a big battle ahead in the legislative elections scheduled for next June.
But calm in Le Pen’s campaign headquarters did not extend to some streets of Paris and Lyon, which witnessed violent confrontations between French police and protesters against Macron’s victory.