There was a sigh of relief across the European Union on Sunday night as Emmanuel Macron was elected French president. The Spanish newspapers welcomed the news with banner headlines: ‘Victory for Europe’. I would say victory for the European Union. But it was victory at a cost. Marine Le Pen may have come a distant second but she still reached the second round. She defiantly claimed the mantle of France’s main opposition in calling on "all patriots to join us" in constituting a "new political force".

She campaigned on an anti-European Union platform and was talking of a possible Frexit, which struck a chord with French voters and sent her into the second round. So, the European Union should be keeping the champagne on ice. Le Pen´s far-right party was always going to be unpopular with mainstream voters so there was really never going to be another outcome other than a Macron victory. But the European Union must remember that a party which was openly anti-EU came second. If Le Pen manages to become the official opposition then Macron faces an important challenge.

I have made my views on Brexit very clear in this space, I believe it is a mistake, but at the same time I can't understand why the EU can behave as if everything is fine and there is no need for change. The people of France spoke at the weekend and a sizeable number were talking Frexit. Time to wake up Brussels, I think.


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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

The main party politicians thought that we would continue to believe their lies,THEY were mistaken,Cameron especially,who abandoned his post and did a runner when the people delivered their verdict. We joined a trading block,or at least so we thought,not a United States of Europe and delivered our verdict on it. Others would no doubt like to follow us but are so indebted to the EU that they are unable to. We will prosper and prove Junckers and his cronies wrong.