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le pen, macron projected to advance in french elections


france’s centrist emmanuel macron and far-right marine le pen will go head-to-head in the second round of voting next month, early election projections indicated sunday — a race widely viewed as a referendum on brexit- and president trump-flavored populism. analysts’ projections vary, but several place macron ahead of le pen in a tight contest, according to reuters. macron leads the polls with 24% compared to le pen’s 22% in one estimate; another gives macron 23.7% and le pen 22%. trailing both were conservative ex-prime minister françois fillon, who conceded defeat and backed macron, and leftist jean-luc mélenchon. le pen, 48, called the early returns a "historic result," according to agence france-presse. macron, a 39-year-old political neophyte, said "we'r...






le pen, macron projected to advance in french elections


france’s centrist emmanuel macron and far-right marine le pen will go head-to-head in the second round of voting next month, early election projections indicated sunday — a race widely viewed as a referendum on brexit — and president trump-flavored populism. analysts’ projections vary, but several place macron ahead of le pen in a tight contest, according to reuters. macron leads the polls with 24% compared to le pen’s 22% in one estimate; another gives macron 23.7% and le pen 22%. trailing both were conservative ex-prime minister françois fillon, who conceded defeat and backed macron, and leftist jean-luc mélenchon. le pen, 48, called the early returns a "historic result," according to agence france-presse. macron, a 39-year-old political neophyte, said "we...






brigitte macron's new role as french first lady


as his drama teacher, brigitte trogneux directed emmanuel macron's stage debut at age 15.as his wife, she coached him during his presidential campaign. emmanuel macron and his wife brigitte last month. photo: christophe enaas first lady, she will assume a powerful role that mr macron's aides compare to that of michelle obama during her time in the white house.mr macron often refers to his wife - 24 years his senior - as his intellectual soulmate and confidante. the 39-year-old says he will govern more effectively if he is happy and that means having mrs macron at his side. new french president emmanuel macron kisses his wife brigitte. photo: apmrs macron, now 64, has been a constant during the new french president's campaign, managing his agenda, editing his speeches and advis...






macron defeated le pen in france’s presidential election. here’s what happens ne


emmanuel macron emphatically defeated marine le pen in the second round of france's presidential election on sunday. at 39, he will be the youngest leader of the nation since an ambitious corsican named napoleon bonaparte came to power more than two centuries ago.what does a macron presidency mean for france?there are many remarkable story lines in macron's victory. beyond his youth, macron had never stood for office before this election. he operated without the machinery of france's establishment parties. he and his independent onward movement promised a renewal of french politics at a time of profound public disillusionment with the status quo, offering an optimistic vision of france anchored in pluralism as well as a commitment to the european union.macron's win was, in effect...






after french win, macron fields congratulations but has little time to bask in g


paris —emmanuel macron received congratulations from around the world — including moscow — on monday after french voters made the centrist political neophyte their new president and rejected anti-e. u. firebrand marine le pen.but the raucous celebration among macron supporters sunday night — which also served as pep rally for the european union — quickly gave way to the steep challenges ahead for macron’s untested leadership.among the immediate demands will be trying to maintain momentum in next month’s parliamentary election, in which hundreds of candidates will run under the banner of macron’s year-old movement, en marche, or onward.the longer-term hurdles are even more daunting. the 39-year-old macron must try to pull together a nation left with many of the same politica...






barack obama endorses emmanuel macron in french presidential race


paris: former us president barack obama endorsed centrist candidate emmanuel macron for france's presidential election on sunday in a video message in which he praised macron for appealing "to people's hopes and not their fears"."the french election is very important to the future of france and the values that we care so much about," obama said in the message, distributed by macron's camp.macron "has stood up for liberal values ... he is committed to a better future for the french people. he appeals to people's hopes and not their fears," the former president said."i am supporting emmanuel macron to lead you forward," obama said, concluding his statement with the french title of macron's party "en marche!" and "vive la france!".macron is widely seen as the favourite to be...






after french win, macron fields congratulations but has little time to bask in g


paris —emmanuel macron received congratulations from around the world — including moscow — on monday after french voters made the centrist political neophyte their new president and rejected anti-e.u. firebrand marine le pen.but the raucous celebration among macron supporters sunday night — which also served as pep rally for the european union — quickly gave way to the steep challenges ahead for macron’s untested leadership.among the immediate demands will be trying to maintain momentum in next month’s parliamentary election, in which hundreds of candidates will run under the banner of macron’s year-old movement, en marche, or onward.the longer-term hurdles are even more daunting. the 39-year-old macron must try to pull together a nation left with many of the same political...






after french win, macron fields congratulations but has little time to bask in g


paris —emmanuel macron received congratulations from around the world — including moscow — on monday after french voters made the centrist political neophyte their new president and rejected anti-e.u. firebrand marine le pen.but the raucous celebration among macron supporters sunday night — which also served as pep rally for the european union — quickly gave way to the steep challenges ahead for macron’s untested leadership.among the immediate demands will be trying to maintain momentum in next month’s parliamentary election, in which hundreds of candidates will run under the banner of macron’s year-old movement, en marche, or onward.the longer-term hurdles are even more daunting. the 39-year-old macron must try to pull together a nation left with many of the same political...






emmanuel macron to meet eu president donald tusk in paris


by: afp | paris | published:may 17, 2017 9:52 am french president emmanuel macron. (file)french president emmanuel macron will on wednesday meet eu council president donald tusk in paris, the new leader’s office said.the two will have lunch at the elysee palace before macron is expected to announce his cabinet appointments.tusk was one of the first prominent european voices to congratulate macron on his may 7 presidential election runoff victory over french far-right and anti-eu politician marine le pen.in picking macron, tusk said the french people had chosen “liberty, equality and fraternity” and “said no to the tyranny of fake news”.macron, who ran a pro-european election campaign, kept with tradition by visiting german chancellor angela merkel on monday in his first trip...






french parliament opens in test for macron’s many novice lawmakers


some items on macron’s agenda of far reaching pro-business reforms are already facing resistanceparis: france’s new parliament was sitting for the first time on tuesday as rivals of president emmanuel macron questioned a lack of political experience among deputies of his majority-holding republic on the move (lrem) party.lrem’s landslide win in parliamentary elections earlier this month consolidated macron’s presidential win in may. like macron, most lrem lawmakers never previously held elected public office.some items on macron’s agenda of far reaching pro-business reforms are already facing resistance.some trade unions were due to hold protests near parliament to coincide with the start of the session to voice their opposition to macron’s plan to relax france’s stringent la...






macron party readies for parliamentary assault


a host of opinion polls show macron’s party could take around 30% of the first-round vote on sundayfrench president emmanuel macron meets employees of the automotive supplier gm&s industry, threatened with liquidation, in bellac, france, on friday.paris: the year-old centrist party of french president emmanuel macron prepared saturday for the first round of parliamentary elections looking set to grab the lead in the race for a clear majority.macron swept away far-right candidate marine le pen to win the presidency on may 7, but has only achieved half the job.macron’s republique en marche (republic on the move, rem) party, which he only founded in april 2016 as a platform for his presidential bid, now needs a commanding majority in the national assembly for him to implement the reforms ...






emmanuel macron wins french presidential election over rival marine le pen


emmanuel macron, the centrist and political newcomer, on sunday beat the far-right marine le pen to win the french presidential election.in a contest that put the passionately pro-european macron against le pen, who promised a “frexit” referendum should she win the election, macron garnered 65.5 percent of the vote, according to the kantar exit poll.the news of macron’s win was met by cheering crowds waving french flags outside the louvre museum. the result, if confirmed, signals a rejection of the “french-first nationalism of le pen, who was labeled “france’s trump” and was hopeful the same populist wave that led donald trump to the white house would also carry her to the elysee palace.macron’s victory will mark the third time in six months -- following elections in austr...






emmanuel macron wins french presidential election over rival marine le pen


emmanuel macron, the centrist and political newcomer, on sunday beat the far-right marine le pen to win the french presidential election.in a contest that put the passionately pro-european macron against le pen, who promised a “frexit” referendum should she win the election, macron garnered 65.5 percent of the vote, according to the kantar exit poll.the news of macron’s win was met by cheering crowds waving french flags outside the louvre museum. the result, if confirmed, signals a rejection of the “french-first”nationalism of le pen, who was labeled “france’s trump” and was hopeful the same populist wave that led donald trump to the white house would also carry her to the elysee palace.macron’s victory will mark the third time in six months --following elections in aust...






france elections: emmanuel macron’s campaign team confirms cyberattacks, says no


by: reuters | paris | published:april 26, 2017 3:52 pm emmanuel macron one of the two contenders in the french elections. macron’s campaign team says that results from a study by security firm trend micro, confirm that the spy group, “pawn storm”, had target its campaign. (source: reuters)french presidential candidate emmanuel macron’s campaign team on wednesday confirmed it had been the target of at least five advanced cyberattack operations since january, which it said had failed to compromise any campaign data.“emmanuel macron is the only candidate in the french presidential campaign to be targeted,” macron’s “en marche!” party said in a statement.“it’s no coincidence if emmanuel macron, the last remaining progressive candidate in this election is the priority...






just how unusual is macron’s 24-year age gap with his wife anyway?


emmanuel macron and his wife, brigitte macron, hold hands after voting on sunday in le touquet, france. (philippe wojazer/reuters)emmanuel macron is 24 years younger than his wife, and the incoming french president is exasperated that people keep talking about it.discussing the assumptions and rumors about his relationship his wife, brigitte, macron told le parisian newspaper this week that “if i had been 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that i couldn’t be.”it's a sentiment many french women seem to relate to. speaking to the washington post's mary jordan ahead of the election, some suggested that the macron's marriage was social “revenge” for years of powerful men seeking younger wives. but it raises the question: just how unusua...






french election: top politicians back macron


emmanuel macron and far-right leader marine le pen are set to face each other in a may 7 runoff for the french presidency after coming first and second in sunday's first round of voting. follow our coverage here:top french politicians back macron in runoff against le penleading politicians from across france's left-right divide on sunday threw their weight behind emmanuel macron ahead of a presidential run-off between the pro-eu centrist and the far-right's marine le pen.macron led on sunday the first round of voting for president, with projections based on partial results showing him polling 23-24 percent to le pen's 21.6-23 percent.the two go through to a second round on may 7. nine other candidates were eliminated.in a victory speech on sunday, macron told supporters of his fledglin...






macron puts on mediator hat ahead of hariri visit


french companies have multibillion-euro defense deals and economic ties with saudi arabia and other gulf playersfrench president emmanuel macron looks on during the cop23 u.n. climate change conference in bonn, germany, november 15, 2017. paris: french president emmanuel macron is trying on a new mantle: mideast peacemaker. he’s trying to defuse lebanon’s political crisis and preserve regional stability, by leveraging france’s trade relations with rival players in the region and historical ties to its former protectorate.it’s a risky gambit, but macron may be better placed than anyone right now to succeed.much will depend on what happens when lebanese prime minister sa’ad hariri comes to france and meets macron on saturday.macron says he invited hariri and his family for a few da...






macron victory: verdict of the world’s media


paris: the world’s media largely hailed the thumping victory of pro-eu centrist emmanuel macron in france’s presidential election on sunday, but sounded a note of caution about the task ahead.here is some early global reaction from the press on macron’s victory over far right rival marine le pen to become the country’s youngest ever president.britainthe financial times hailed macron’s win but cautioned that “macron’s victory is incomplete” and warned that the electoral race “legitimised the french far right as never before”.“if mr macron should stumble, it is altogether unclear what solution might keep ms le pen at bay in 2022,” the paper wrote.the guardian similarly warned of a tough road ahead but also saluted french voters, saying they had made europe safer throu...






obama endorses macron in french presidential race


former president barack obama weighed in thursday in a big way on the upcoming french presidential election, endorsing emmanuel macron over right-wing candidate marine le pen in a video statement.the ex-u.s. president already had spoken by phone with the center-left macron late last month, in an early indication of his support. but obama openly endorsed ahead of sunday’s closely watched runoff.“i’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that i don’t have to run for office again, but the french election is very important to the future of france and the values that we care so much about,” obama said, in a web video tweeted thursday by macron.  obama, clinton return to public eye“merci @barackobama,” macron wrote.obama, in the video, said macron has “stood up for ...






fillon steps up macron attacks


paris: french presidential candidate francois fillon stepped up attacks against rival emmanuel macron as the battle to get into the second round of the ballot heated up.with three weeks to go before the first round of the election on april 23, polls show that macron and anti-immigration, anti-euro national front candidate marine le pen will face off in the second round. macron is likely to defeat le pen by a large margin in the decisive vote on may 7, most surveys show.in political meetings on saturday, republican candidate and former prime minister fillon, 63, focused his fire on dislodging macron from the first round, saying the independent candidate marks a continuation of the government of socialist president francois hollande.“macron pretends to be a dissident,” fillon said during...






macron, le pen offer sharp contrast in visions for france


despite his lack of political experience, polls currently show he will beat le pen by around 20 percentage pointsparis: the battle to become france’s next president boils down to a sharp clash of contrasting visions.in one corner is centrist emmanuel macron, with his pro-globalisation, pro-eu world view.in the other, far-right candidate marine le pen, who champions “nationalism” and a “france-first” approach.“the country mr macron wants is no longer france, it’s a space, a wasteland, a trading room where there are only consumers and producers,” le pen told thousands of supporters in nice on thursday.macron has a starkly different message: “i will be ... the voice of hope for our country and for europe,” he said after the april 23 first-round vote.le pen and macron, who ...






french president emmanuel macron appoints relatively unknown prime minister


is he draining le swamp? new french president emmanuel macron has appointed a relatively unknown lawmaker to serve as the prime minister of france. macron's appointment of edouard philippe, 46, is making good on campaign promises to repopulate french politics with new faces.the announcement was made on monday by alexis kohler, macron's new general secretary at the presidential elysee palace. philippe is the mayor of the normandy port of le havre, a trained lawyer and an author of political thrillers. he's also a member of the mainstream-right republicans party that was badly battered by macron's victory in the presidential campaign.france inaugurates emmanuel macron as new presidentphilippe's appointment ticks several boxes for the 39-year-old macron, france's youngest president, ...






emmanuel macron says paris 2024 olympic bid embodies ‘threatened’ values


by: reuters | lausanne | published:july 11, 2017 7:03 pm macron said paris would not be leaving any “white elephants” behind.top newsfrench president emmanuel macron on tuesday described paris’s bid to host the 2024 olympics as the best defence against threats to the games’ values of openness, tolerance and respect for the environment.“olympic values are our values. they are threatened, called into question by many today, so it’s the best moment to defend them,” macron told reporters after the city presented its bid to the international olympic committee.paris is competing against los angeles, publicly backed by u.s. president donald trump, whom macron has criticised for taking his country out of the paris accord on climate change.macron was the first head of state to at...






what you need to know about emmanuel macron and marine le pen


emmanuel macron. (françois nascimbeni/afp via getty images)paris — among the 11 candidates in the french presidential election, only four were expected to have any chance of advancing to the second round: centrist emmanuel macron, far-right candidate marine le pen, far-left hopeful jean-luc mélenchon and conservative françois fillon.according to the latest exit polls, the two increasingly likely to make it to the second round are le pen and macron.here is what you need to know about what they stand for and what their victory or defeat in the may runoff election could mean for france and europe.emmanuel macron, centrist candidatehe is the favorite candidate of european governments, probably because he is the contender with the least radical changes on offer. like german chancel...






emmanuel macron's victory over marine le pen prompts wave of relief from uk


independent emmanuel macron has comfortably beaten far-right leader marine le pen in the french presidential election, the first exit polls suggest.with polling stations closed at 7pm local time, one projection had macron on 65.5% and le pen on 34.5%.others had a similar margin of victory, bigger than the projections ahead of the vote that showed centrist macron with about a 20-point lead.there were almost instant reactions from uk politicians.liberal democrat leader tim farron said:“i would like to congratulate emmanuel macron on his election as france’s new president. this is not just a victory for france, but a victory for britain and the liberal values we hold dear.“a national front win would have posed a grave threat to our national interest.“emmanuel macron has kept the wolve...






emmanuel macron's victory over marine le pen prompts wave of relief from uk


independent emmanuel macron has comfortably beaten far-right leader marine le pen in the french presidential election, the first exit polls suggest.with polling stations closed at 7pm local time, one projection had macron on 65.5% and le pen on 34.5%.others had a similar margin of victory, bigger than the projections ahead of the vote that showed centrist macron with about a 20-point lead.there were almost instant reactions from uk politicians.liberal democrat leader tim farron said:“i would like to congratulate emmanuel macron on his election as france’s new president. this is not just a victory for france, but a victory for britain and the liberal values we hold dear.“a national front win would have posed a grave threat to our national interest.“emmanuel macron has kept the wolve...






emmanuel and brigitte macron's age gap: why is it less acceptable when women hav


at 39 years old, emmanuel macron was inaugurated as france’s youngest president on sunday after many questioned whether he was “too young” to lead. but that’s not the only reason his age has come under media scrutiny.ever since macron burst onto the scene, his marriage to brigitte macron (née trogneux), who at 64 is 24 years and eight months his senior, has been of intense fascination and debate.while the circumstances in which the pair met were bound to raise a few eyebrows - he was 15 and she was his school teacher - their life together as adults has also been ridiculed.ms macron has been subject to trolling on twitter, while satirical magazine charlie hebdo printed a front cover showing the president alongside his “pregnant” wife, with the caption: “he will do miracles.






macron party readies for parliamentary assault


a host of opinion polls show macron’s party could take around 30% of the first-round vote on sundayparis: the year-old centrist party of french president emmanuel macron prepared saturday for the first round of parliamentary elections looking set to grab the lead in the race for a clear majority.macron swept away far-right candidate marine le pen to win the presidency on may 7, but has only achieved half the job.macron’s republique en marche (republic on the move, rem) party, which he only founded in april 2016 as a platform for his presidential bid, now needs a commanding majority in the national assembly for him to implement the reforms he promised on the campaign trail.a host of opinion polls show macron’s party could take around 30 per cent of the first-round vote on sunday, whic...






emmanuel macron's victory over marine le pen prompts wave of relief from uk


independent emmanuel macron appears to have comfortably beaten far-right leader marine le pen in the french presidential election, the first exit polls suggest.with polling stations closed at 7pm local time, the kantar projection had macron on 65.5% and le pen on 34.5%.others had a similar margin of victory, bigger than the projections ahead of the vote that showed centrist macron with about a 20-point lead.there were almost instant reactions from uk politicians.liberal democrat leader tim farron said:“i would like to congratulate emmanuel macron on his election as france’s new president. this is not just a victory for france, but a victory for britain and the liberal values we hold dear.“a national front win would have posed a grave threat to our national interest.“emmanuel macron...






tracing our attitudes to older women and beauty


brigitte macron, wife of french president emmanuel macron, is a rare example of an older woman in the public eye who has attracted praise for her appearance. at 64, macron is 24 years older than her husband, but her healthy figure and youthful style of dress saw her described in vogue as “rock ‘n’ roll”.while macron is admired for her penchant for leather pants, women regularly face policing of their clothing and cosmetic choices once they reach the age of 30. ageing only brings about further restrictions, with few older women who cultivate their appearance successfully negotiating the line between looking acceptably young or upsettingly unnatural. france's president emmanuel macron, left, and his wife brigitte macron awaiting colombia's president juan manuel santos and his w...






democrats, get a grip: emmanuel macron is not your progressive savior


french president emmanuel macron bids farewell to his u.s. counterpart donald trump. (alain jocard/afp)as president trump heads back from his meeting with french president emmanuel macron, a number of americans are sighing wistfully for the president we don’t have. macron’s american admirers see in him everything that we lack in trump: the new president is young, attractive, concerned about the climate and possesses commanding power in parliament. in short, macron represents what democrats here have lost. the french dodged their bullet; we didn’t. macron stemmed the nationalist tide sweeping across europe and restored order to the free world reeling after brexit and trump. or so the story goes.with marine le pen’s national front as the only alternative in the french runoff earli...






french candidate macron wins new supporter: former pm valls


paris — french centrist presidential hopeful emmanuel macron has won the backing of former prime minister manuel valls, a high-profile yet embarrassing supporter for the independent candidate who tries to distance himself from the traditional political parties.valls said on bfm television wednesday he will vote for macron in the two-round presidential vote on april 23 and may 7 “because i think we must take no risk for the republic”.valls, a socialist, considers the centrist as the best candidate to face far-right leader marine le pen.valls’ endorsement of macron is a further blow to the campaign of socialist candidate benoit hamon.polls suggest macron is the front-runner in the election and hamon has no chance to advance to the runoff.macron thanked valls for his support on europe...






what you need to know about emmanuel macron and marine le pen


emmanuel macron. (françois nascimbeni/afp via getty images)paris — among the 11 candidates in the french presidential election, only four were expected to have any chance of advancing to the second round: centrist emmanuel macron, far-right candidate marine le pen, far-left hopeful jean-luc mélenchon and conservative françois fillon.according to the latest exit polls, the two increasingly likely to make it to the second round are le pen and macron.here is what you need to know about what they stand for and what their victory or defeat in the may runoff election could mean for france and europe.emmanuel macron, centrist candidatehe is the favorite candidate of european governments, probably because he is the contender with the fewest radical changes on offer. like german chance...






democrats, get a grip: emmanuel macron is not your progressive savior


u.s. president trump and french president emmanuel macron discussed russia, china, the paris climate agreement and terrorism at a joint news conference on july 13. (reuters)as president trump heads back from his meeting with french president emmanuel macron, a number of americans are sighing wistfully for the president we don’t have. macron’s american admirers see in him everything that we lack in trump: the new president is young, attractive, concerned about the climate and possesses commanding power in parliament. in short, macron represents what democrats here have lost. the french dodged their bullet; we didn’t. macron stemmed the nationalist tide sweeping across europe and restored order to the free world reeling after brexit and trump. or so the story goes.with marine le pen...






democrats, get a grip: emmanuel macron is not your progressive savior


u.s. president trump and french president emmanuel macron discussed russia, china, the paris climate agreement and terrorism at a joint news conference on july 13. (reuters)as president trump heads back from his meeting with french president emmanuel macron, a number of americans are sighing wistfully for the president we don’t have. macron’s american admirers see in him everything that we lack in trump: the new president is young, attractive, concerned about the climate and possesses commanding power in parliament. in short, macron represents what democrats here have lost. the french dodged their bullet; we didn’t. macron stemmed the nationalist tide sweeping across europe and restored order to the free world reeling after brexit and trump. or so the story goes.with marine le pen...






france’s le pen attacked as macron passes first debate test


paris: french far-right leader marine le pen came under assault from all sides in a presidential election debate that provided a test of centrist emmanuel macron’s ambitions to be leader.le pen and macron, the two leading candidates according to opinion polls with just over a month to go before voting begins, traded barbs in the televised debate watched by nearly 10 million people on monday.commentators agreed, however, that neither landed a knockout blow.macron, the 39-year-old former economy minister who is untested at the ballot box, had the most to lose in his first major debate — and the first ever of the main candidates before the first round of voting — but he held his ground.it was le pen, 48, who was repeatedly thrust onto the defensive as macron, the conservative nominee fr...






no. 5 baylor rallies to top mississippi, 78-75


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