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France's victorious Macron reminded of huge, immediate challenges

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The first thing he needs to be reminded of is that a majority of French voters actually rejected him. Over 30% of voters thought it better to spoil their ballots rather than cast a vote for him.

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Maybe they spoiled them because neither candidate was appealing to them.

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The first thing he needs to be reminded of is that a majority of French voters actually rejected him.

He's the elected leader of a democracy. The margin of victory does not have an effect on his duties and responsibilities to his nation's people. Constant criticism (lack of understanding of democracy?) of democratic institutions by rightwingers and authoritarian nationalists is not doing you guys a lot of good, maybe even further weakening your cause.

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 Constant criticism (lack of understanding of democracy?) of democratic institutions by rightwingers and authoritarian nationalists is not doing you guys a lot of good, maybe even further weakening your cause.

Same could be said of the alt left and it's embarrassing obsession with trump.

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The first thing he needs to be reminded of is that a majority of French voters actually rejected him. 

Yes, he is the elected leader of a democracy system that does not give different weight to voters depending of their geolocation, 1 voter = 1 vote in France.

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Emmanuel Macron reference in his campaign to fundamental reform of the European Union is essential for the policy cohesion of his Presidency or any hope for the people of France future prosperity.

EU intuition/commission lack of fiscal accountability/discipline need major structural reform to the accounting model, auditing process and structural reform of EMU/single currency.

Sooner rather than later decisions will have to be made into tax and sovereign debt harmonization across the entire euro-zone membership. There are clear labour market imbalances exasperating inequality within southern Europe. Fiscal consolidation had little or no effect on the distribution of income without acceptance to the constricts of monetary union.

Reduction of Germany's current account surplus amoung fellow member states would improve living standards for the vast majority of euro zone citizens. Debt consolidation, tax harmonization, and review of protocols contained in the Maastricht Treaty that tied national governments to deficits of 3% of GDP. However the lack of clear auditable proven economic convergence has stoked severe unemployment, economic depression, and in the case of Greece chaotic social unrest.  

Politically........  

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker put it bluntly: "With France, we have a particular problem ... The French spend too much money and they spend too much in the wrong places. This will not work over time."......European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has barked his opinion when no elected government asked for it!!!!

German Chancellor Angela Merkel German government overwhelming political and economic dominance is ruthlessly clear, and the reasoning why Emmanuel Macron will struggle to cope with the huge challenges ahead. His ally is the UK government, if he did but know it.     

 "He carries the hopes of millions of French people, and of many people in Germany and the whole of Europe," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference in Berlin. "He ran a courageous pro-European campaign, stands for openness to the world and is committed decisively to a social market economy," the EU's most powerful leader added, congratulating Macron on his "spectacular" election success.

But even while pledging to help France tackle unemployment, Merkel rejected suggestions Germany should do more to support Europe's economy by importing more from its partners to bring down its big trade surplus.

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Macron and Ivanka make a good couple don't you think?

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Same could be said of the alt left and it's embarrassing obsession with trump.

Unlike Trump, Macron was actually chosen by the people.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference in Berlin."He ran a courageous pro-European campaign, stands for openness to the world and is committed decisively to a social market economy," the EU's most powerful leader added, congratulating Macron on his "spectacular" election success

why standing for the EU is "courageous" is anyone's guess.  He has 15% and more youth unemployment, a stagnant economy, 54% of GDP is government spending/taxes, a migrant problem and no political party of his own in parliament.

uphill battle feels like.

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Over 30% of voters thought it better to spoil their ballots rather than cast a vote for him. Macron got 65% of the 65% voter turnout, thats 42.2% of the total french voters that voted for him. Trump managed only

42% of 55%, thats 23% of voters that voted for Trump. Unlike Trump, Macron had the highest support rate of any candidate and the popular support of his people, Trump didnt.

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Protests have already hit Paris.

Quite the democracy.

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First, the breakdown of the vote was roughly this:

Macron: 20 million votes (45%)

"abstaining"*: 15 million votes (33%)

Le Pen: 10 million votes (22%)

meaning unknown

Macron won. No doubts. Nothing to contest.

Next, to paraphrase PTownsend: Trump's the elected leader of a democracy. The margin of victory does not have an effect on his duties and responsibilities to his nation's people. Constant criticism (lack of understanding of democracy?) of democratic institutions by leftwingers and authoritarian anarchists is not doing those guys a lot of good, maybe even further weakening their cause.

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Quite simply 

The French didn't fall for a line of BS like the Americans did.

The reason that the Alt Right populism only seems to achieve power in the Anglo sphere is because both American's and the English believe in the myth of their own exceptionalism. 

 

It is that false belief in their exceptionalism that some very shrewd people have used to manipulate working class people to support a political ideology that works against their interests.

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Elsewhere in Paris, more than 1,500 people, led by the powerful CGT labour federation, marched in protest against Macron's planned liberalisation of labour laws.

Didn't take long did it. I can't stand French unions and think they are partially responsible for the situation France is in. They have a massive sense of entitlement and do not have the best interests of the nation, and its workers, at heart. 

Bunch of short sighted fools who've destroyed the country.

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1500 wow such a huge demonstration. NOT.

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Unlike Trump, Macron was actually chosen by the people

Different electoral systems. I'm still amused at how the alt left parrots this line as if it's supposed to change the outcome. Unhappy? Change the constitution then!!

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Burning Bush Today  12:32 pm JST

Protests have already hit Paris.

Quite the democracy.

Indeed comrade. Those of us not living in a Russian style dictatorship are allowed to protest. Even the cranks on the extreme left that think working less gives you more unicorns should be allowed to speak.

All of our Russian contributors seem pretty bitter Putin's candidate got buried. Even the Russian hacking and fake documents were an abject failure on influencing the election. The alt-right movement in Europe is like a horny old dude in a nursing home sans Viagra. It's over....

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