Emmanuel Macron Has Been Voted In As President Of France And Starts His New Job On Sunday

Submitted by: fancylad 2 weeks ago in News & Politics

In spite of Russia's attempts to hack France's election, Emmanuel Macron trounced the National Front's Le Pen with 66% to Le Pen's 34%. Take note for 2020, America.

Macron, a political centrist who has never held an elected office, supports the European Union and is pro-immigration. Like the American presidential election, the Russians tried to hack this one too, but their effort fell flat. Still, a record number of French voters cast their ballots for "blanc" -- nobody, and turnout was drastically down.

STILL, the French turnout of a mere 74% (which has been the lowest since 1969) would be highest in US election since 1896. How's that for weekend voting coupled with no voter suppression?

Guillaume Castevert, 46, from Bordeaux in southwest France, said "I don't want to vote against something," he told CNN. "I want to vote for something." I think most Americans can agree with that statement.
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Male 22
So after trump beat clinton, there were outcries of sexist voters. 
Strange how we not getting those cries now...
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Male 243
"How's that for weekend voting coupled with no voter suppression?". To be perfectly honest, the "winner takes all" system does not help the mechanism. In France, it does not matter if your city or county massively votes for a candidate which is not yours, your individual vote will still have the same impact than if your neighbors voted as you did.

If you look at the last election, none of the states that were decided by a margin higher than 27.5% had a turnout higher than 61%. This means Alabama, California, DC, Hawaii (with a record low of 42.2% turnout), Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming. Both Red and Blue states.

On the contrary, all 6 states decided by a margin lower than 2% had more than 63% turnout: Florida, Michigan, Minnesota (with a record high of 74.2% turnout), New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

Of course, some states had high turnouts while high margins (Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont), and a few others had low turnouts while low margins (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona), but there is a definitive trend here (DC not represented): Why bother to vote on a weekday if your vote ain't gonna count?
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Male 3,414
Russia hacked these two elections huh? How did they do that? I know they hacked e-mail servers but was not aware they hacked voting machines or voter registration databases, you know, election stuff.
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Male 1,105
trimble Shh! You're ruining the narrative with messy facts!
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Male 1,816
wow what a statement i want to vote for something instead of against something.
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Male 252
"Take note for 2020, America."  Wwwellllll...not quite.  Le Pen is an extremely liberal (socialist) candidate.  The only thing she wasn't left on was immigration and extremist isis jihadists.
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Male 243
dkm458 She's not liberal at all. She wanted to nationalize industries, ban gay marriage and abortion... She had the exact same agenda than Trump. Without the misogyny.
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Male 252
m3dm3d And how exactly is Trump a mysogynist?  Specifics please, with references.
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Male 252
m3dm3d Her party is the FN - Socialism and Big Govt proponants.  Liberal.
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Male 243
dkm458 It's alright. You probably know more than me about French politics... :D
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The sad thing is that Le Pen still got 40% of the vote.
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Male 243
barry9a If we account for abstention and blank votes, she "only" got 24% and Macron 47%
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Male 754
barry9a Russia was busy again.
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Male 268
Great. Another banker in a high government office.
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Male 1,816
mrsnowmeiser better than a washed up reality star
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Male 1,816
rumham although.. Seacrest Vs Trump.. who you voting for
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Male 268
rumham Watch Seacrest and Trump end up in the general in 2020, lol. Just flipped a coin and got Trump...

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Male 2,064
I heard a great quote this morning from a French resident about Le Pen...she is really good at focusing on the negative but most want someone to focus on the positive.

It's also funny because both candidates represent 2 sides of Trump's appeal.  1) A Negative Nancy Nationalistic Bigot.  2) Someone with no experience and has no clue how to run a government.  I'll take the latter any day, at least a good group of surrounding cabinet members can make up for lack of experience...there is no changing a bigot...

Too bad we had 2 Negative Nancy's running in the US.  We got Berned in the end :(
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kalron27 Macron hasn't held elected office before, but he's been in government plenty. He was even appointed to head a ministry in 2014.
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Male 2,064
barry9a Yes, but you get what I meant...the inexperience. 
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