French President Emmanuel Macron comfortably won re-election to a second term on April 24, defeating far-right, anti-LGBTQ+ candidate Marine Le Pen in a runoff.
The second five-year term for the centrist spared France and Europe from the seismic upheaval of having firebrand populist Le Penwho has ties to Russiaat the helm, Yahoo! News noted.
Italian Premier Mario Draghi hailed Macron's victory as "splendid news for all of Europe" and a boost to the EU "being a protagonist in the greatest challenges of our times, starting with the war in Ukraine."
Acknowledging that "numerous" voters cast ballots for him simply to keep out the fiercely nationalist far-right Le Pen, Macron pledged to reunite the country that is "filled with so many doubts, so many divisions" and work to assuage the anger of French voters that fed Le Pen's campaign.
Macron has been an ally of the LGBTQ+ community. In January, he hailed the passage of a measure banning conversion therapy. However, neither of the candidates' campaigns have particularly touched on LGBTQ+ rights the second time around, PinkNews noted.