Europe | President-elect Emmanuel Macron has promised to support religious liberty and public faith displays
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 5/08/17, 10:12 am
France voted Sunday to reject far-right nationalism and elect 39-year-old, self-proclaimed centrist Emmanuel Macron as its youngest president ever.
The former investment banker has never held elected office, though he was incumbent Socialist President François Hollande’s finance minister until August 2016. Macron garnered 66 percent of the vote, compared to National Front candidate Marine Le Pen’s 34 percent. Despite the decisive margin, many voters chose Macron only to block Le Pen.