France: Liberal Gain

For the first time since the current Republic was formed in 1958 a French Presidential Election has been won by a candidate who is not from the ‘two main parties’ – Republicans and Socialists.

Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! party was formed just over a year ago to fill the gap for a centre ground Liberal party in France. Yesterday he swept to victory with two-thirds of the vote.

Welcoming the news Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said, “I would like to congratulate Emmanuel Macron on his election as France’s new President. This is not just a victory for France, but a victory for Britain and the liberal values we hold dear.

“A National Front win would have posed a grave threat to our national interest.

“Emmanuel Macron has kept the wolves from our door, but we must never be complacent in the fight against racism, fascism and the far-right.

“The liberal values of tolerance, openness and free trade that triumphed in France today can triumph in Britain too.

“Together we can change Britain’s future, stand up to Theresa May’s hard Brexit agenda and keep our country open, tolerant and united.”