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Alex Perrault, Staff Writer

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On May 7 the election in France for the position of President was decided. The winner was Emmanuel Macron.

Macron’s opponent, Ms. Le Pen had fought hard through her campaign, gathering thousands of adoring supporters along the way. “My dear compatriots, I’m not interested in your race, your origin, your sexual orientation,” she said, “what interests me is your happiness.” Strangely enough, however, she intended to promote the birth rate in France to decrease the need of foreign-born workers; meanwhile surrogacy and same-sex marriage would be outlawed. Ms. Le Pen has been making the effort to “un-demonize” her political party, the National Front, leaving critics left to wonder if the action is genuine or purely tactical. The National Front is known for its dislike of immigration and piling the blame of the French economy onto immigrants. Le Pen wanted to have a smaller government with more presidential power and to be more firm with the crime rate in France.

Mr. Macron won the election 66 percent to Ms. Le Pen’s near 34 percent, making the gap between the two rivals even larger. The new French President spoke afterwards towards Le Pen’s supporters, saying that he heard their expressed “anger, doubts and anxiety.” Mr. Macron has expressed the “immense task” it will be to reconstruct European unity and warn off extremist threats. For Le Pen, the voting turnout was at its lowest point since 1969.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/world/europe/marine-le-pen-france-election.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/07/french-election-live-marine-le-pen-emmanuel-macron-presidency/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/marine-le-pen-2017-manifesto-what-her-french-presidential-planpromises_uk_58fdbba8e4b018a9ce5c6e19

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