Macron wins a second term – but a weaker mandate
By defeating Marine Le Pen once more, Emmanuel Macron becomes the first sitting French president to win a second term since Jacques Chirac defeated her father Jean-Marie Le Pen in 2002.
However, with a narrower margin of 58.54% to 41.46% of the vote, Macron has failed to replicate his 2017 success, in which he enjoyed the support of two-thirds of the French electorate.
While Macron’s victory will reassure France’s international partners and the markets, the forces behind Le Pen’s rise remain present, and the President faces major hurdles in the coming months.
Brunswick’s Paris office reviews the election run-off results and offers a glimpse at Macron’s upcoming second term.