France is celebrating the defeat of xenophobic right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen at the hands of Emmanuel Macron in a landslide victory.
Macron, who was endorsed by former President Barack Obama, beat Le Pen — whom President Donald Trump endorsed in the initial round of voting — by a healthy 65-35 margin, garnering almost two-thirds of the vote. And because France doesn’t have an electoral college, Macron was able to come away with the presidency after carrying a solid majority of the vote.
Here’s the exact moment when they announced Macron’s official victory and Le Pen’s concession:
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) May 7, 2017
At stake in the French presidential election was the potential for France to leave the European Union, as Le Pen promised had she come away the victor on Sunday. That would have marked the second major European nation to bolt the EU, after the United Kingdom voted to do so last year by a narrow margin. Macron has promised to rebuild European unity, and establish France as a safe haven for immigrants and refugees fleeing conflict in their home countries.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.