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French voters – including many whose preferred candidate or party didn't make it to the second round – recognized the perils of letting Le Pen reach the Elysee Palace, and delivered Macron a robust victory.The French election played out as it did, to paraphrase the essayist Michel de Montaigne, not just because Le Pen was Le Pen, but also because Macron was Macron.Winston Churchill's political heirs certainly could not root for a candidate who waxes nostalgic about Vichy France. But they are not wrong to worry that the victory of the election's most pro-European candidate will isolate them further.Beyond transforming the image of France (and right-wing populism) in Europe, Macron's victory is transforming Europe's image in the world.For China, Macron's victory is a positive development.As for the U.S., responses to Macron's victory are probably mixed. There is probably also some envy mixed in: If only the Democrats had a Macron as their candidate, instead of Hillary Clinton, Trump would not be president.From an ideological standpoint, Macron's victory is disappointing.
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