The Loop: Macron wins, but next election hurdle is just weeks away, Anzac Day around Australia and Perth Wildcats incredible series ends

Good morning, it’s Monday, April 25th. Here’s what you need to get started.

Emmanuel Macron defeated the far-right Marine Le Pen. Here is an overview:

  • Macron’s victory made him the first French president to be re-elected in 20 years, but his second term could be even worse than the first, with growing political opposition and fierce social discontent.
  • And his far-right challenger, Marine Le Pen, won a larger share of the vote for her party than before
  • The first projections of the researchers showed that Macron won about 57-58 percent of the vote, while Ms. Le Pen won 42 percent. Here’s what she said after she confessed:

“Today’s result is in itself (for us) a remarkable victory. Emmanuel Macron will do nothing to repair the cracks that divide our country and plague our countrymen.”

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to search, up and down arrows to volume. La Pen claims that increasing the share of votes in the 2022 election is a victory in itself

  • And another hurdle is just a few weeks ahead of us – the June parliamentary elections define the composition of the government on which Macron must rely on reform plans that would lead to an unprecedented shock to the French welfare state.

One thing you’ll hear about today: Anzac Day around Australia

Let’s see what happened this morning:

  • In many states, these are the first direct (and unrestricted) events since the beginning of the pandemic. The march of veterans will be the first to fully return to Canberry in 2020.
  • In Sydney, the service began at Centotaph on Martin Place at 4:30 p.m. Later Owens, a younger legate, read The Ode to the Fallen:

“They won’t grow old like we who stay, we’ll grow old; Age won’t tire them, they won’t condemn them for years. We’ll remember them at sunset and in the morning.”

  • Elsewhere, large crowds gathered in Melbourne for a morning service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Kings Domain and in Brisbane for a morning service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square:


  • In Canberra, Chief Chaplain Andrew Lewis of the Royal Australian Navy says that Australians must remember the Anzac sacrifice with gratitude:

“The core of Australian New Zealand in Gallipoli has made the immortal name Anzac and established an undying tradition of selfless service and devotion to duty and fighting for all that is best in human relations,” he said.

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Let’s get up to speed.

Mrs Deves said her family was staying outside Sydney due to threats. (Delivered)

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to arrive in the Ukrainian capital Kiev today, but Washington refuses to confirm that the trip will take place at all. Around 6:30 aEST, Ukrainian Presidential Adviser said Mr Blinken and US Defense Chief Lloyd Austin were now meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky.
  • The overthrown Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces a possible 15 years in prison on Monday when a court in a militarily controlled country is due to pass a verdict in the first of many cases of corruption against it.
  • And the Perth Wildcats lost the playoffs for the first time since 1986 after losing 102: 100 to the South East Melbourne Phoenix thriller in Perth. It ends with one of the most incredible series in Australian sports history – here’s what their coach Scott Morrison said:


News that Australia is looking for

  • Orrin Hatch: It’s yesterday’s news that the longest-serving Republican senator in history – and a fixture in Utah politics for more than four decades – died at the age of 88. President Joe Biden said Senator Hatch was a warrior but had a softer side, sharing poems and songs with friends.

US Senator Orrin Hatch died over the weekend. (Source:

One more thing: Twitter is under pressure from shareholders to deal with Musk, sources say

Reuters reports that the social media company is under pressure to negotiate with Elon Musk, even though the richest man in the world has described his offer of $ 43 billion as a social media platform as his best and latest offer.

Twitter’s board is expected to find that Musk’s offer of $ 54.20 per share for the company is too low when it publishes quarterly earnings on Thursday.

However, some shareholders who agree with this position still want Twitter to look for a better offer from Musek, whose net worth is set at $ 270 billion, according to Forbes, sources told Reuters.

One of the fund’s managers said on condition of anonymity:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if I woke up next week to see Muska raise what he called his best and final offer, maybe $ 64.20 a share. He could also throw the whole thing away. Anything is possible,” they said.


That’s all for now

We’ll be back later with others.

ABC / wires