Emmanuel Macron’s victory against Marine Le Pen in the French election makes him a quencher of the populist fire and leader in the ensuing fight against it, suggests Mathieu Laine of the Guardian. He writes that Macron’s values of unity thwart the regressive rhetoric of populists. In Europe, Macron will be able to set an example of stable and responsible leadership, supporting free trade and championing the cause for a united EU. Laine hopes for Macron’s success in solving France’s economic and social issues, so that the upsides of integration can been seen around the world.
Significant as Macron’s election victory may be, he will face an uphill battle to enforce his ideals, believes CNN’s David A. Andelman. He infers that next month’s vote for members of France’s national assembly could strongly hamper Macron’s movement if he doesn’t ensure himself a legislative majority. Meanwhile, Le Pen could grow her influence heading a strong opposition. Andelman asserts that Macron having run as an independent gave him an air of freshness that excited voters, but leaves him without the necessary political alliances to follow through on his policies.