PARIS, France – Immediately after the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election in France, doubts and questions are mounting if he can do his job without the traditional party’s support.
Macron is the youngest president of France after he won over Marine Le Pen. He is a supporter of the European Union and an investment banker. He will face an enormous task in creating policies that hopefully can unite his broken country.
His platform proposes to push domestic reforms, ease the laws in labor, lessen the country’s expenses, encourage education for the poor, and create programs for the self-employed.
The real challenge, however, is his inexperience. He ran without a political party. He must also put together an effective parliamentary majority next month after the elections on the legislative department.
There are a lot of doubts about the Macron’s En Marche movement in winning most of the candidates. Experts say that he must form a coalition to make it easier.
Richard Ferrand, En Marche secretary general, told reporters that they have to win the National Assembly’s majority to act efficiently. He also said that they are just half-way there.
Macron’s plan to ease the labor laws to lessen the unemployment rate in the country is expected to be opposed by the leftist group. The country is also currently facing a state of emergency as the Islamic attacks persist and have claimed the lives of more than 230 people since 2015.
Last Sunday on Macron’s speech in the campaign headquarters, he promised that his administration would fight the division among the people.
Thousands of Macron supporters with the French flags flooded the outside of Louvre Museum when the resounding victory was announced.
With a 74.62 turnout, Macron gained a 66.06 on the early 99.99% of ballots counted last Monday. This is far higher than Le Pen’s 33.93%. However, some people showed their disappointment in the election as one out of three voters cast a blank ballot and abstained.
Western leaders welcomed the victory after the decision for “Brexit” and Trumps victory in the US.
Macron called out for the nation’s unity and extended his plea to Le Pen’s supporters after the brutal election which has exposed the country’s deep social and economic separation, together with the tensions sparked by immigration and identity.
He said that he would use his 5-year term to avoid what happened in the election. He explained that people voted out of anger, protest, and distress but he will make sure that in the next election, they will not be voting for extreme reasons anymore.
According to a survey released on Monday, the En Marche movement can get 24-26% of the legislative votes in the coming election while the Republican party will have 22%. Also, the Nationalist Front would have 21-22%, France Insoumise or France Unbowed would get 13-15%, and Socialist Party would have 8-9% of votes.
The new President walked on the stage with the national anthem of European Union in which he has sworn to support and reinforce after the near “Brexit.”
His win will undoubtedly affect the globe, especially Berlin and Brussels, as the leaders were relieved after the loss of anti-EU and anti-globalization Le Pen. Macron is a promising leader who wants to be Europe’s most influential leaders.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the government congratulated the new president on his triumph in the French presidential election and promised to build closer ties between France and the Philippines.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that President Duterte wants to extend his congratulations to newly-elected Emmanuel Macron. He then adds that France is a strong trading partner of the Philippines in EU, and the government is hoping to collaborate with the new French administration in improving bilateral relations between the Philippines and France.