The Wall Street Journal: With Macron’s victory, EU leaders can finally exhale

BRUSSELS — The victory of pro-European Union candidate Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election triggered immediate sighs of relief by EU leaders and expectations that his victory will strengthen the embattled bloc.

Macron’s support for the EU marked a stark contrast with his opponent, nationalist Marine Le Pen, an advocate for France leaving the bloc and abandoning the euro. His victory is seen as an endorsement of the European project and comes after months of uncertainty about the future of the bloc following the U.K.’s decision to leave; the U.S. election of President Donald Trump, a critic of the EU; and the rise of nationalist politicians across the bloc.

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