THE ART NEWSPAPER | Anna Sampson:
France’s cultural sector has breathed a sigh of relief after centrist Emmanuel Macron became elected president of France on Sunday, making the 39-year-old the youngest president in French history. He won with 66.1% of the vote, over 33.9% for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, making him the eighth president of the Fifth Republic.
The decision of Macron to make his victory speech to his supporters in front of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid at the Louvre, a one-time royal palace turned museum, indicated a bridging of history and culture and entailed unprecedented security in the Louvre’s grounds.
Image | Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech after winning the French presidential election at the Louvre Pyramid in Paris (Image: ABACAPRESS.COM)