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Victory for Emmanuel Macron and Twitter for Elon Musk

The French president wins re-election, while the Tesla boss agrees a deal to buy Twitter.

By Emily Tamkin, Emma Haslett and Ido Vock

Emmanuel Macron has defeated Marine Le Pen to be re-elected as president of France. Emily Tamkin in Washington DC, Ido Vock in Paris and the New Statesman’s associate business editor Emma Haslett in London discuss the response in Europe, Macron’s relationship with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the future of the far-right in France.

Then they move to Twitter, which Elon Musk is set to purchase for $44bn. They discuss the potential reasons for the deal and how the self-described “free speech absolutist” might change the platform.

Then, in You Ask Us a listener asks whether Russia is going to invade Moldova.

If you have a You Ask Us question for the international team, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.

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Further reading:

Will Dunn writes that Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover is about controlling attention.

Emily Tamkin asks whether we are prepared for Donald Trump to return to Twitter.

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