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Head of French bishops welcomes Macron’s election

The head of the French bishops’ conference welcomed the election of President-elect Emmanuel Macron and said he hoped June legislative elections would not place the country “in an ungovernable situation.”

Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille, president of the French bishops’ conference, told Vatican Radio on 8th May that French Catholics had also been left “divided like the rest of French society” and said he counted on Macron and his new government “being able to function.”

“Macron has been elected in an important manner – we must hope he succeeds for the good of our country, otherwise it will be catastrophic,” said Archbishop Pontier.

“Priorities for his new five-year term must include struggling against unemployment, which is so destructive for families, for prospects and for projects, as well as the necessity of staying in Europe – and giving this Europe the means of retaining the respect of every people.”

Macron won the second-round presidential ballot with 66.1 percent of votes against 33.9 percent taken by Marine Le Pen, head of France’s National Front. Macron ran on a pro-market platform that included support for the European Union and cuts to public administration, as well as lower corporation taxes and measures to defend secular values.

Picture: French President-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris on 7th May. (CNS photo/Christian Hartmann, Reuters).