France protests after presidential election – level 2

28-04-2022 15:00

French president Emanuel Macron won over his rival Marie Le Pen, and he became the first leader to be re-elected after 20 years.

Macron earned 58.5% of Sunday’s vote, but a very large number of people didn’t vote, since they were unhappy with both candidates. The number was the highest since 1969 for people who didn’t win. If Macron didn’t win, he would be in a very difficult situation with his party.

After people saw the results, protests started in the cities of Paris and Lyon. Le Pen’s supporters fought with police, who fired tear gas at them. Macron’s supporters celebrated at the Eiffel Tower, as their candidate would be the president for five more years.

Difficult words: rival (a person who competes with somebody else), re-elect (to vote for a politician who then wins, and he can continue in his position), candidate (a person who competes to get a job).

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