French election: Macron wins second term but faces challenges ahead

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French President Emmanuel Macron won re-election on Sunday with 58% of the vote, compared with 41% for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Congratulations came flooding in from across Europe and the world. However, Macron faces many challenges ahead, as he seeks to govern a deeply divided country.

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Macron acknowledged that many people voted for him simply to counter Le Pen, while commending their “sense of duty” and “attachment to the Republic.”

Here’s a look at what comes next for France and its president.


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Official results in French election

Emmanuel Macron received 58.55% of the vote share with 18,779,812 votes.

Marine Le Pen received 41.45% of the vote share with 13 297 729 votes.

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