By Vincent Wood. May 8, 2017:
In the past French politicians have announced their victory to the sound
of La Marseillaise, which has stood as their anthem for hundreds of
But Mr Macron, who has gained support from major European figures
including Jean-Claude Juncker and Angela Merkel, instead blasted the
anthem of Europe ‘Ode to Joy’ from the speakers as he waved to adoring
crowds of voters outside the Louvre museum.
The show of allegiance with the faltering European project was
condemned by the losing Front National, who have fought to remove France
from the crumbling European bloc.
Speaking to the public he said: “I’ll defend France, I’ll defend
Europe, and will strengthen links between Europe and its people.”
And while he later sang the French anthem with the crowd at the end
of his speech, French voters on Twitter were quick to criticise his
decision as a sign of European subservience.