France wakes up to five more years of Macron

STORY: Macron was re-elected on Sunday (April 24) with 58.55 percent of the votes, albeit almost eight percentage points lower than his vote share in 2017.

Diehard Macron supporter Lucien Sozinho, a lorry driver, was thrilled with the result, saying the president had already "steered us through several challenges" and "shown courage."

However, finance worker Nicolas Mallet, who voted for Le Pen, was disappointed in the gap between the two candidates, saying the far-right leader embodied a "certain French revival in the long term."

Others were not fans of either candidate, with administrative worker Colette Sierra already looking ahead to the legislative elections in June, when far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon hopes to become Prime Minister.

Macron is "not going to do another five years of the same mandate, that’s clear. We won’t let him do it. If he does, I think people are ready to take to the streets if there isn’t the right kind of coalition government," she said.

In his victory speech, Macron acknowledged that many had only voted for him only to keep Le Pen out and he promised to address the sense of many French that their living standards are slipping.

The disillusionment with Macron's presidency was reflected in the abstention rate, which was 28.1% against 25.4% in 2017, marking the lowest turnout ever recorded in a French presidential election final since 1969.

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