Understanding the Impact of the 2017 French Presidential Election

Last Sunday, the French people elected Emmanuel Macron as their nation’s president and took a stand against the growing populist influence.

Macron, 39, won 66% of the vote over his opponent Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front candidate. Although the media labels Macron as a centrist, he identifies himself as someone “of the left” who is willing to collaborate with the right. Le Pen, meanwhile, shares values closely aligned with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The results of several crucial elections, including the Brexit vote and the United States presidential election, threatened the progress of the Western world. Macron’s victory in France, along with the upcoming French legislative elections in June, will build a clearer picture of Europe’s future.


As much as I love macarons, champagne and travel, I am more than aware that it doesn’t qualify me as a European foreign policy expert.

Here are a few links from the real experts to understand the impact of the 2017 French presidential election and the significance of Macron’s rise in the political arena:

The Summary

Emmanuel Macron vows unity after winning French presidential election (Guardian)

Full transcript of Emmanuel Macron Speech (BBC)

Why the populists didn’t win France’s presidential election (Washington Post)

The Impact

Emmanuel Macron Declared French President After Running Pro-European Campaign (NPR)

Why Macron Won: Luck, Skill and France’s Dark History (NY Times)

France’s Le Pen says National Front to be overhauled after election defeat (Reuters)

The Last Word

French Annoyingly Retain Right to Claim Intellectual Superiority Over Americans (The New Yorker)


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6 thoughts on “Understanding the Impact of the 2017 French Presidential Election

  1. Wow that’s such an interesting theme! I really don’t know much about politics, but I think it’s super important for us young people to be aware of everything that happens around us. Thank you so much!!

    Best wishes xxx



  2. it would have been nice to hear your opinion not just experts since your a french person,blog are meant to be an extension of yourself .experts get paided to promote themselves


  3. As a French citizen who voted for Macron I am relieved and proud. Now we wait and encourage as the real work begins.


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