President Emmanuel Macron in France and his supporters celebrated his victory in the presidential election there under the Eiffel Tower last night.
Macron won a second term, but his lead was much smaller than his victory five years ago.
With the excitement, for many, came a feeling of relief.
Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally has never come so close to victory.
So a lot of the people who voted for Macron, I understand, did so just because they thought he was less bad, a lot less bad, than Marine Le Pen, right?
So is that going to change how Macron governs?
Yeah, absolutely. So many people, especially voters on the left and working-class voters, feel betrayed by him.
They say his platform is ultra-capitalist, and he's no centrist, and many people think he's very arrogant.
But they could not accept, as you said, letting the far right get into power, so they held their nose and voted for five more years of Macron.
Macron acknowledged them last night in his speech. Let's listen.
He said, "I know that many of you did not vote for me or my ideas but just to block the far right."
So analysts say he's going to have to govern differently, with less hubris, more consultation.
I spoke with political science professor Vincent Martigny, and he said Macron's legitimacy is not quite the same as in 2017. Let's listen to him.
His mandate is a lot weaker. So he'll have to make compromises.
And the problem with Mr. Macron, he's not a very good compromiser.
He's somebody who says, I listen, and at the end, I decide.
So meanwhile, I mean, for Marine Le Pen, she lost the election, but, I mean, just coming this close is a kind of victory in itself, isn't it?
Oh, completely, Rachel. You know, she's campaigned as much more mainstream this time around.
She didn't focus on immigration or have any kind of racist talk.
A further-right candidate in the first round did that.
She connected with voters on the economy, cost-of-living issues, and she gained a lot more voters.
And her concession speech early on last night sounded more like a victory speech. Let's listen to her.
So she says, "with more than 43% of the vote, the results are a stunning victory. We're more determined than ever."
She actually got around 41%, but she's right; it's a victory for her because the far right has never had such a huge score.
She's now got her eye on the June legislative elections, which are very important.
They're even known as the third round of the presidential election.
She's going to try to deprive Macron of his majority, which he will need if he's going to implement his agenda.
So place this in context for us, then, in a big-picture way, Eleanor.
What does this election say about France right now?
So while it's complicated for Macron domestically, his win is a clear victory for Europe.
And you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief across the continent at not having to deal with a President Le Pen, who could have been an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and would have chipped away at the union.
It would have been a huge blow to the bloc at such a crucial time.