A few miles away from Paris celebrations after Emmanuel Macron won France’s presidential elections, residents of the largely-Muslim suburbs or “banlieues” received the news with a skeptic sigh of relief, ending fear of Marine Le Pen.
Making a historic choice, French voters elected Emmanuel Macron, who embraced the EU, immigration, and free trade, as their new presidents, giving far-right leader Marine Le Pen a decisive defeat.
France is home to a Muslim community of more than six million, making about 9% of the country’s population, the largest in Europe.
French football star and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane called Friday, April 28, on his countrymen to do their “utmost to avoid” voting far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen into office.
Emilie, a French Muslim revert, has a hard choice to make in the French presidential election. The concern is shared by almost two million French Muslim voters, who will have to choose between the centralist, ex-banker, Emmanuel Macron, and the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen.
A senior French Muslim leader has called on the country’s nearly 5 million Muslims to “vote massively” to elect Emmanuel Macron president in the second round of election next May 7.
As the clock ticks towards French general election next April 23, eleven candidates are making their final miles to win the trust of French voters.
Independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, who was at the top of a recent poll, reached out to the Muslim community for solutions, stressing that secular tradition should not be used to target Muslims.
A few days before the first round of elections, many French Muslims are still undecided on whom to pick as the republic’s next president for five years, with many divided between indecision and abstention.