The immediate challenge to Emmanuel Macron will be to secure a majority in next month’s parliamentary election for a political movement that is barely a year old, rebranded as La Republique En Marche (“Onward the Republic”), in order to implement his program. Outgoing president Francois Hollande, who brought Macron into politics, said the result “confirms that a very large majority of our fellow citizens wanted to unite around the values of the Republic and show their attachment to the European Union.”
An estimate of the results of Sunday’s election by the pollster Ipsos France, announced at 8pm local time to cheers by flag-waving supporters gathered in Paris, put Macron’s support at about 65 percent of the vote. His opponent, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, took 35 percent.
Former economy minister Emmanuel Macron topped the ballot in the French election’s first round and will confront neofascist Marine LePen in the second. New polls show Macron, an independent centrist and political newcomer, easily defeating the National Front candidate, who enjoys the support of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
In backing the leader of France’s neo-fascist party, Donald Trump also resumed his role as the Western political stalking horse for Vladimir Putin. Having received LePen in Moscow, where she denounced sanctions and sucked up to Putin, Russia’s authoritarian president has mobilized his entire propaganda apparatus to influence the French election.
After profiling the various candidates in France’s upcoming election — including a sharp takedown of creepy racist weirdo Marine LePen — John Oliver concludes with a moving plea to the French voters, in more or less their own language, telling them to seize “the chance to prove your superiority to Britain and the U.S.,” since both have made grave “populist” errors in recent elections.