Elections around the world are being closely watched, and for good reason. Last year, two major elections resulted in surprise outcomes: the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) and the United States voted for Donald Trump for President, a candidate who had no prior experience in politics. As more elections loom, the world is watching to see who (and what) will win out in the end.
April: And Then There Were Two
May: The French Say Oui! to Macron
On May 7th, approximately 66% of the people who cast their ballots chose Emmanuel Macron to be their next president. Vive La France! Vive La France! That chant, meaning, “Long Live France!” could be heard throughout the crowd that had gathered in front of the Louvre Museum (an iconic Paris museum) on the night of the election. It was the sound of pride from those who had supported Emmanuel Macron while they patiently waited to see their new president make his victory speech. Blasting through the speakers as Mr. Macron walked in to make his speech was Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the official anthem of the European Union. With that, Mr. Macron made his first mark as the next President of France.
Seven days later, Macron was inaugurated into office as the youngest President of France. In his speech he said, “The time has come for France to meet the challenges of our time. The divisions and fractures that run through our society must be overcome, whether they be economic, social, political or moral.”