HIGHLIGHTS-Macron wins: key quotes after France's presidential election

Even so, the far right scored its highest ever score in a presidential election. Here are some reactions: Marine Le Pen, defeated far-right challenger: "Tonight's result is in itself a remarkable victory (for us)." "Emmanuel Macron will do nothing to repair the fractures that divide our country and make our compatriots suffer." "I fear that the five-year term that is about to begin will not break with the brutal methods of the previous one.


Reuters | Paris | Updated: 25-04-2022 00:53 IST | Created: 25-04-2022 00:53 IST
HIGHLIGHTS-Macron wins: key quotes after France's presidential election
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President Emmanuel Macron triumphed over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen by a comfortable margin in France's election on Sunday, winning a second term and heading off what would have been a political earthquake. Even so, the far right scored its highest ever score in a presidential election.

Here are some reactions: Marine Le Pen, defeated far-right challenger:

"Tonight's result is in itself a remarkable victory (for us)." "Emmanuel Macron will do nothing to repair the fractures that divide our country and make our compatriots suffer."

"I fear that the five-year term that is about to begin will not break with the brutal methods of the previous one. In order to avoid the monopolisation of power by a few, more than ever I will pursue my commitment to France and the French people with the energy, perseverance and affection that you know me for. Jean-Luc Melenchon, hard-left candidate defeated in round 1:

"The ballot boxes have decided. Mme Le Pen is defeated. France has clearly refused to entrust her with its future. Mr Macron survives in a sea of abstentions, blank and invalid ballots." Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian:

"The French did not want a France that turns in on itself." Health Minister Olivier Veran:

"We will not spoil the victory ...but the (far-right) has its higher score ever. There will be continuity in government policy because the president has been re-elected. But we have also heard the French people's message. There will be a change of method, the French people will be consulted. Adrien Caligiuri, Le Pen supporter

"I’m shocked to see that a majority of French people want to reelect a president that looked down on them for 5 years – he said he wanted to ‘piss off' the unvaccinated." "Our ideas are progressing. I never thought we would wage such a good campaign. We brought themes to center of the debate that hadn’t been defended by other candidates, like the cost of living." (Compiled by Richard Lough)

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