French President Emmanuel Macron wins second term


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Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected as president of France.

He beat his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the run-off elections by securing nearly 60 percent of the vote. Celebrating his win Macron conceded that many voted for him not for his ideas but to keep out those of the far-right.

Macron has promised to leave no one on the wayside adding that his president for all. However that will be further tested with France’s Muslim community. Macron’s government has been under fire for systematically targeting Muslims by introducing a series of controversial laws that have been labelled as Islamophobic – including the anti-separatism law and the Imam Charter. More than 700 mosques have been shut down and their assets seized under Macron’s watch.


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