After the re-election of Emmanuel Macron, “nephew” of the cautious relief of the foreign press

The Western press was in tune the day after the second round of the French presidential election. “The word that sums up the outcome of the French presidential election is: ‘phew’.”written in the beginning die felt, one of the three largest daily newspapers in Germany, the main partner of France in Europe. Emmanuel Macron was re-elected President of the Republic, Sunday, April 24, with 58.54% of the vote against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen (41.46%). A result that certainly leaves the European and American media “Relieved, but not pleased”Nuance weekly across the Rhine Der Spiegel.

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Proving Emmanuel Macron’s Victory Amid War in Ukraine “Decisive”, note the many headlines of the foreign press. Many write that the election of Marine Le Pen – “An anti-NATO and EU candidate” [UE]The United States and Core Values France, to quote The New York Times – It would have been a wildfire outside the French border.

The outgoing president wins “Provides continuity for France and five more years of political stability for the European Union on the twenty-seventh”It has been shaken by the rise of populism, Brexit in 2016, the migration crises and the war in Ukraine, which has so far raged for more than two months, according to estimates. Washington Post.

“We have heard that France’s allies in Europe and NATO are breathing a sigh of relief.” After Emmanuel Macron’s victory, he also wrote financial timeswho are guaranteed the re-election of the head of state for the next five years, “France’s position as a pillar of the European Union and an important contributor to NATO in its support of Ukraine against Russia”.

Had Le Pen won, it would have been Putin’s biggest victory, without bloodshed. The European Union will be eliminated, and Germany will be deprived of its main partner, nuclear weapons in the hands of a pro-Putin nationalist.”considered on his part Der Spiegel.

The German magazine, like many other headlines, mentions the links between the far-right candidate and her party, the National Rally (RN), with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. “Europe now has an undisputed leader in the figure of Macron”continues Spiegeljoin the analysis Washington Post On the balance of power within the European Union.

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“There is no reason to be happy”

Added to this, highlights the foreign press, the character “Historical” From this franchise that led to it, for the first time under V.And Republic and outgoing president Reappointed for a second term (…), without having experienced coexistence.”Eases the time.

According to the Swiss daily, “However, the current tenant of the Elysée cannot be satisfied with its 58% stellar grade without looking at the country for what it is.” : ‘More polarizing than ever’. Because victory is his ” Bitter taste “According to the Brussels daily, Evening It is also a file ‘Kind of defeat’. For the foreign press, it is, in fact, an image of a deeply divided country that emerges from the French presidential election. Washington Postby abstention record since 1969 and by The best result of the far-right in the French presidential election.

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This result, according to a Spanish newspaper El Paísdoes not give “There is no reason to be happy” It should serve as a warning. The A majority in the second round does not mean a vote of support [Emmanuel Macron] and its programme, but above all rejected the extreme right.”is the main Madrid daily newspaper in its editorial today, which calls for ‘Divided France reunited’.

In the next five years, [Emmanuel Macron] He will lead a country in which nearly half of the electorate supports a policy that would lead France to leave the European Union, amend the constitution by referendum to create discrimination between French-born and foreigners, and in which the anti-regime protest, if we take into account the votes of the populist left, are more than 50%. »

For the BBC, the rise of “extremists”, both left and right, is the result of the reshaping of the political landscape that Emmanuel Macron wanted. Five years ago, his victory caused the collapse of the two historic parties that had shaped French politics around two currents: the socialist left and the republican right. Voters who resort to extremes today “They do it because – because of the success of Macron’s revolution – they have nowhere to go if they want to oppose him.”BBC notes.

“Avoid playing Russian roulette with the future of Europe”

In the immediate future, this deep political division leaves lingering uncertainty about the start of the Mandate and the next French elections: the legislative elections, which will take place on 12 and 19 June. the time Thus, it is expected that France will quickly become ‘Political battlefield’.

“Dreams of radical change in 2017 were replaced by fears of a political confrontation in the middle of the summer.”writes, for his part, The New York Times. For the American newspaper, the re-election of Emmanuel Macron is a result “His effective handling of the Covid-19 crisis and the revival of the economy and his political skills to occupy the full center of the political spectrum.” but the “political capital” Head of state is however “more limited” That was five years ago and ” Release “ against him go down “deep” among his opponents. The financial times Abound, believe it Macron’s second term could be more turbulent than the first While he was re-elected president ‘Danger of losing the parliamentary majority’.

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More broadly, the threat of seeing France elect a “Power Nationalist and Eurosceptic” Not far, look Politico Europe. An extreme right-wing populist won an unprecedented proportion of the vote. There is no reason to believe that this result cannot be higher next time.”Weekly warns who, in 2027, A better candidate than Le Pen (…) You can ride the wave of popular anger [qui s’est exprimée dimanche] until victory is achieved. Hence it is necessary, as the article continues, “To think about how France – the co-founder and indispensable pillar of the European Union – can avoid playing Russian roulette with the future of Europe every five years.”.

Politico And therefore calls for reflection on the institutional, political and electoral performance in a country where the president is ” Very strong “ Parliament’s role is reduced to that of a “Registration Room” As long as the head of state is supported by a majority.

A potential anti-European populist victory in France is not inevitable. But the country needs to find a better way to give its citizens more political choices. It can’t go on like this.”decides the media located in Brussels.

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El País Also read in Sunday’s findings is a much deeper risk, which every country should consider, and concludes:

France has sent a signal to the democracies. When some shared values ​​disappear, when representation for parties collapses and when leaders are unable to speak to the whole country (and especially not to listen to it), democracies risk falling into the hands of extremists. Preventing this from happening will be the main task of Emmanuel Macron in his second term. This is where his legacy will be played out. »

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