France Has a New President

The Background 

The French people have elected a new president. After a long and hard-fought campaign, Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen to become France’s next leader. The victory is a defining moment for the country, as the two sides had incredibly different perspectives on how to move France forward. Initial counts suggest around 65% of the population voted for 39-year-old Macron, who will become the youngest leader since Napoleon. Globe and Mail

Why You Should Care

France, like most countries in Europe, has been having a hard time. There’s been a rise in populism and nationalism, with many citizens supporting Le Pen and the far-right movement. On the other end of the political spectrum is Macron, a centrist who campaigned on the promise of European integration, a reduction in public spending and a continued commitment to NATO, France’s military and their traditional allies. After the nationalist wins of Brexit and Trump, the election of Macron is a relief to libertarians everywhere.

The Gist

Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen to become France’s next president. Now, they’ll both work to secure parliamentary seats for their respective parties in the legislative elections, taking place on June 11 and 18, 2017.