“Pure relief!” This is how Hamburg reacted to Macron’s election victory

“Pure relief!” This is how Hamburg reacted to Macron’s election victory

Hamburg’s political landscape breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday evening. French President Emmanuel Macron remains President of France. Many had hoped for the Liberal’s victory. But how much power Macron will really have is not yet clear.

Liberal Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected as French President. According to extrapolations after the polling stations closed on Sunday evening, he clearly prevailed against the right-wing EU critic Marine Le Pen. According to the broadcasters France 2 and TF1, Macron got about 58 to 58.2 percent of the votes, Le Pen 41.8 to 42 percent.

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Macron remains president: Hamburg politics relieved

“Pure relief! Vive la France, vive l’Europe,” tweeted Hamburg’s second mayor, Katharina Fegebank (Greens). Macron’s victory prevented a political catastrophe in Europe. “This election is a warning to all of us. Be vigilant and defend what we love: freedom, democracy & our united Europe.”

Finance Senator Andreas Dressel (SPD) also sent congratulations to France via Twitter. There were also many relieved reactions from the Hamburg Parliament. “Live la France! Europe can breathe easy,” wrote the FDP MP Anna von Treuenfels-Frowein.

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Macron benefited from alliance against Le Pen

Macron’s victory is primarily to be understood as Le Pen’s defeat. Because many French were dissatisfied with his first term. After the first round of elections, a number of parties called for a wall to be built against the right and for President Le Pen, who despite her decidedly more moderate demeanor still takes extreme right-wing positions, to be prevented from voting for Macron. This dynamic had already existed in 2017, when Le Pen and Macron first faced each other in the runoff, and in 2002 when Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, lost to the conservative Jacques Chirac in a crash.

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In view of the war in Ukraine, the 44-year-old Macron also benefited from the population’s desire for stability and moderate politics. He also has clear successes on the labor market and a robust take-off for the French economy after the Corona crisis.

Abroad there was great concern about Le Pen

Macron’s election victory should be a great relief for Germany and Europe, even if the charismatic liberal is by no means the preferred partner everywhere. His opponent wanted to break away from the close cooperation with Germany that had been going on for decades.Paul directly by email. Click here and subscribe for free.

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The Eurosceptic nationalist Le Pen also sought to decisively curb the influence of the European Union in France, and could have put the brakes on a number of projects in Brussels out of self-interest. The pro-European Macron, on the other hand, is considered a driving force in Europe in tandem with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD).

France’s relationship with Russia

Le Pen’s proximity to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin has also fueled concerns in the current escalating crisis between the West and Russia. There were fears that the West’s firm pro-Ukraine front could crumble under Le Pen. You might also be interested in: Easter peace? Russia apparently rejects the offer – the Ukraine situation

After all, she already held out the prospect of cooperation with Russia after the war and announced her intention to remove France from the command structure of the western defense alliance NATO. Macron, on the other hand, is considered one of the most important Western mediators in the war. Again and again he calls Putin. (dpa/abu).