A 39-year-old pro-European Union(EU) former economy minister, who quit his job to form a new political party to seek the presidency of France, is set to become the youngest leader of the Fifth Republic on May 7 in a run-off election.
Emmanuel Macron, a centrist, who founded En March political party last September after quitting as France's economy minister, emerged as the major vote getter after yesterday's first round of voting in the election for the president of France. He got 8.4 million votes or 23.8 percent of the vote.
Macron, who got more votes than any of the other 10 candidates vying for the presidency, secured his place in the run-off race against right-wing, anti-EU and anti-immigrant candidate, Marine Le Pen, of the National Front(FN), who got 21.5 percent of the vote to support her vow to take France out of the EU. Center-right candidate Francois Fillon got 19.9 percent of the vote; leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, gathered 19.6 percent and socialist, Benoit Hamon, got 6.4 percent. The two top vote getters advance to the run-off election.
However, the mathematics of French politics, according to the Guardian Newspaper, stacks up against nationalist Le pen because "Le Pacte Republicain" - the Republican Pact among all mainstream parties, would now call for and align support behind Macron in the May 7 vote.
Hence, if all the variables of French politics remain equal, Emmanuel Macron would become the next president of France and the first leader in over 60 years not to come from a major party. Yet, the French, in selecting Macron, would be reaffirming their support for the EU.