Sunday 19 November 2017

French election gives a positive outcome for the EU and for Ireland

A man shouts and waves a French national flag on the French avenue of the Champs Elysees by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris following Emmanuel Macron's victory in the second round of the French presidential election. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A man shouts and waves a French national flag on the French avenue of the Champs Elysees by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris following Emmanuel Macron's victory in the second round of the French presidential election. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Editorial

Editorial

It was an election which defined the political and economic future of the European Union and that of Ireland. Happily, the result contrasted with recent inward-focused, anti-globalisation voting outcomes, like those which will see Britain leave the EU and made Donald Trump president of the United States.

The French presidential election caused a deal of worry far beyond the borders of France. So, the election of centrist and Europhile Emmanuel Macron will be greeted with relief in all EU capitals today.

President-elect Macron deserves commendation for framing a message of hope and eschewing the temptation to play on people's disappointments with recent economic reverses, and fears of an uncertain future.

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