After a rather intense period of campaigning, which saw hackers attack Macron’s personal and private emails – something which the media and his rival Marine Le Pen were banned from providing details about so not to sway voters’ opinions – last night it was announced that hotly tipped favourite Macron had indeed won the election and would become, at the age of 39, France’s newest and youngest ever President.
Macron, a liberal centrist, who is pro-business and a strong supporter of the European Union, won with 66.06% of the vote and, rather than walk out to meet his many supporters at a rally held outside the Louvre to mark his victory to the French national anthem, Macron instead opted to do so to the EU piece “Ode to Joy.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 7, 2017
During the speech that followed he said:
“Thank you my friends…thank you for being here. Thank you for having fought with courage but kindness for so many months because it’s true tonight…YOU won. FRANCE won. What we’ve done….everybody was saying to us it was impossible – but they didn’t know anything about France. Thank you for your trust, thank you for the time you devoted to this.”
Admitting defeat, Le Pen told the media she had called Macron to congratulate him and wish him well.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 7, 2017
Politicians and party leaders on both sides of the Atlantic also shared their views on Macron’s victory with the European Commission chief Jean-Claude Junker being one of the first to pass on his congratulations.
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) May 7, 2017
Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2017
Vive La France. Congratulations to new President, Emmanuel Macron on his decisive victory over the hard right. #frenchelection
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 7, 2017
J’ai appelé @EmmanuelMacron pour le féliciter chaleureusement pour son élection. Je lui ai exprimé tous mes vœux de réussite pour notre pays
— François Hollande (@fhollande) May 7, 2017
I warmly congratulate @EmmanuelMacron on his success and look forward to working with him on a wide range of shared priorities.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 7, 2017
News of Macron’s win delighted social media users, especially Americans, with a number of celebrities also posting their thoughts.
Vive le France!!!!! Oh, how happy this makes your friends in the United States. You voted for moving forward. #neverback
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) May 7, 2017
Thank you FRANCE!!!!! MACRON WON BY 65% of the vote!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) May 7, 2017
Congrats France! 🇫🇷
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 7, 2017
Thank you for being smarter than we are by electing Macron.
Most of America.
PS: Marine Le Pen: suck it. https://t.co/VLFLLhUuva
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 7, 2017
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 7, 2017
Vive La France! https://t.co/YQSEfUosTf
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) May 7, 2017
Yes France!!!!! You wonderful people.x 🇫🇷 #frenchelection
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) May 7, 2017
YES FRANCE! Way to learn from our mistakes! 🇫🇷🙋🍷🌈
— Zoe Cassavetes (@ZoeRCassavetes) May 7, 2017
— Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial) May 7, 2017
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) May 7, 2017
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— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 7, 2017
RETWEET if you AGREE!
France made us so PROUD! ❤❤❤
— The Hummingbird (@SaysHummingbird) May 7, 2017
Congratulations to the French people and their new President Emmanuel Macron!!
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 7, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 7, 2017