Monday, 8 May 2017

Establishment banker, Macron, wns French vote

Centrist Macron beats right-winger Le Pen in French presidential election

9 May, 2017

Centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential election, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said. These elections were the first to be held under the state of emergency that was introduced after terrorist attacks in 2015.

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has confirmed that French voters have chosen Macron as president.

A new page of our long history is opening this evening, I want hope and confidence to be found again this evening,” Macron told AFP, after the first projections were announced.

Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential elections, receiving 66.06 percent of the vote, while his rival, Marine Le Pen, got 33.94 percent, the Interior Ministry said, citing final results.

Marine Le Pen has congratulated Macron on his victory. “The French voted for continuity and I called Monsieur Macron Macron to congratulate him on his election,” she said. 

Speaking after the polling stations closed on Sunday, Macron said that his victory was “a great honor and a great responsibility.” He promised to “protect the most fragile” and to fight against “all forms of inequality and discrimination.”

I will defend France,” he said, adding that he will be “at the forefront” of the fight against terrorism.

Macron’s victory shows that the majority of French people wanted to unite around the “values of the republic," outgoing French President François Hollande said. “His big victory confirms that a very large majority of our fellow citizens wanted to gather around the values of the Republic and mark their attachment to the European Union,” Hollande said in a statement.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has congratulated Macron on his victory.

The centrist candidate got at least 65 percent of the vote, early projections showed.

BFMTV cited an Elabe poll, which projected that Macron won 65.9 percent of the votes cast, while his rival Marine Le Pen secured 34.1 percent of the vote.
The inauguration of Macron as president could take place on May 14, Le Figaro reported, citing sources.

At least 4 million voters have left their ballots blank, a number that has doubled in comparison to 2013, Le Figaro reported, adding that at least 12 million French citizens did not vote at all.

The youngest president in French history

Thirty-nine-year-old Macron, from the northeastern city of Amiens, will become the youngest president in French history. He served as Economy Minister under Socialist President Francois Hollande's government in 2014-16, then stepped down and set up the En Marche! movement to fight the presidential election.
Macron’s victory is a “victory for the financial oligarchy, the French will realize [it soon],” Florian Philippot, Vice President of the National Front party, told TF1 TV channel.

At 39, Emmanuel Macron will be France's youngest ever president

Macron and right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen were neck and neck in the first round of elections that took place on April 23, when Macron got 24.01 percent and his rival Le Pen took 21.30 percent of the vote.

Macron’s first round rivals, conservative Francois Fillon and leftist Benoit Hamon, said they would vote for Macron in the second round of the election.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, in a statement following the first results of the elections, said on Sunday that Macron is planning a war on the French social welfare system.
"The program of the new monarch-style president is known already. It is a war against the French social welfare system, and ecological irresponsibility,” he said.

On Friday evening, hours before the election’s day of silence began, Macron’s team confirmed that it had suffered a massive hacking attack after a trove of internal documents was released online. The electoral commission urged the media to be cautious about publishing the details.

On Saturday, Macron found himself at the center of a scandal after the leftist newspaper Liberation called on voters to cast their ballots for Emmanuel Macron on the cover of its pre-election day edition. The move was criticized on social media, with some users blasting the promotion as a sign of “no more democracy.”

Current President Francois Hollande got 51.6 percent of the votes back in 2012, while Nicolas Sarcozy in 2007 secured 53.1 percent. Jacques Chirac got the highest percent of the votes among presidents of the Fifth Republic – 82.2 percent (2002).

Voting hadn't ended yet, and Macron was already on the list of G7 participants

 Comments from Pepe Escobar

Bye bye. Not gonna happen.

Time to get used to Manu Clinton.

First thing he’ll do at the Elysee: reform of France’s labor code – ruling by decree. Unions will be badly hit. Expect a “see you in the barricades” effect – as I stressed in one of my previous columns.

First phone call will be to Mum Angela in Berlin. Perhaps the best punch line Marine had in the whole campaign was when she said the country “would be ruled by a woman anyway, me or Angela Markel.”

Clinton wants a eurozone budget and a eurozone Minister of Economy; the Germans are not exactly celebrating it.

The only Clinton measure to be really celebrated would be a “simplification” of red tape faced by French companies.

Fasten your seat belts and grab a good stock of Margaux and/or Montrachet to watch the show.

Comments from the Duran’s Adam Garie

Marine Le Pen has conceded defeat and congratulated Emmanuel Macron who has won with about 62% of all votes.

It was an election that pitted a challenge versus a tired status quo, opportunism versus seizing rising public moods in both France, Europe and the wider west, it was about patriotism versus globalism.

In each of these categories the former won. The embodiment of this victory is Emmanuel Macron, but that’s all he is: an embodiment.

To paraphrase T. S. Eliot, Macron is a hollow man, a stuffed man….a headpiece filled with straw.

Eliot’s poem ends with a ominous prophecy,

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper”.

And so ends any attempt by France to re-cast itself from its uncomfortable position as a post-colonial power on which the sun set some time ago, into a regional leader of a new movement for pragmatism and peace.

Countries now matter how large, can fall from power.

The west, including France laughed at Russia in the 1990s. Many thought Russia was done for. The great Empire of the Tsars and the mighty Soviet Union was reduced into a cheap Dollar store auction where national dignity was sold to the highest bidding scoundrel.

Russia’s refusal to be destroyed defied these odds and many historical trends. Due to Russia’s immensity and her fighting spirit, she was broken but not dead. Russia rose like a phoenix in the 2000s and is still rising.

Only Ataturk’s Turkish Republic comes close to mirroring the resurrection of a world power that had been broken and even that was not as epic a task as restoring Russian power.

France was a different story in any case. The distance of time between her years of power and the present day were far longer than the gap between the illegal break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the first election of Vladimir Putin in the year 2000.

But Marine Le Pen could have restored some dignity and purpose to the French Fifth Republic.

Alas, it is not to be. France has been sold down the river to oblivion upon which it has been floating for a long time.

A woman who could have changed this has lost out to a man who is barely worthy of the name.

French police have deployed tear gas against a group of protesters in Paris, an RT crew at the site reports. The protesters had reportedly been throwing bottles at police.

According to a Le Figaro correspondent, some 300 protesters had gathered in the Ménilmontant neighborhood in eastern Paris

Millions of French voters cast empty ballots in the presidential run-off on Synday, a survey revealed.

A total of 4.2 million of French voters cast empty ballots in the presidential run-off on Synday, a survey conducted by Ispos and Sopra Steria said.

According to the pollsters, 8.9 percent of the total of 47.6 million voters cast empty ballots, refusing to give their support to either of the candidates.

France on Edge- President 'Rothschild' & Journalists Chased From Protest

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks about the moments before Emmanuel Macron faces off with Marine Le Pen for the presidency of France and future of Europe. Many things are at stake in this election and of course the tensions are high. We give you the latest breaking news on the ground and everything we are dealing with here

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