Why Macron Won The French Presidential Race

Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron walks towards the stage to address his supporters at the Louvre Palace in Paris, Sunday May 7, 2017. Polling agencies have projected that centrist Macron will be France's next president, putting a 39-year-old political novice at the helm of one of the world's biggest economies and slowing a global populist wave. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)
Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron walks towards the stage to address his supporters at the Louvre Palace in Paris, Sunday May 7, 2017. Polling agencies have projected that centrist Macron will be France's next president, putting a 39-year-old political novice at the helm of one of the world's biggest economies and slowing a global populist wave. Christophe Ena/AP
Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron walks towards the stage to address his supporters at the Louvre Palace in Paris, Sunday May 7, 2017. Polling agencies have projected that centrist Macron will be France's next president, putting a 39-year-old political novice at the helm of one of the world's biggest economies and slowing a global populist wave. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)
Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron walks towards the stage to address his supporters at the Louvre Palace in Paris, Sunday May 7, 2017. Polling agencies have projected that centrist Macron will be France's next president, putting a 39-year-old political novice at the helm of one of the world's biggest economies and slowing a global populist wave. Christophe Ena/AP

Why Macron Won The French Presidential Race

Independent, pro-European Union centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency after defeating the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen. A former investment banker, 39-year-old Macron is France’s youngest-ever president, and had never been elected to any office before his win. He drew 66 percent support in the run-off Sunday, against 34 percent for Le Pen. After President Trump’s victory and the Brexit vote, many around the world worried that the French would elect Le Pen and further strengthen the anti-immigrant, populist trend sweeping the Western world. Macron’s victory has also been a big relief for the European Union, which Le Pen threatened to leave.

Her party’s final result, however, marked a historic high for the French far right, and secured her a solid place in her country’s political sphere. We talk about what led to Macron’s win, and how he could shape the future of France and Europe with Maxime Larive, the Associate Director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois.