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2nd term for French president

FRENCH PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron (Wikipedia).

French President Emmanuel Macron won re-election on Sunday, defeating his right-wing opponent Marine Le Pen by a comfortable margin.
According to National Public Radio, Macron acknowledged that his victory – the first second term for a French president in 20 years – was in part a rejection of nationalist LePen, who had expressed skepticism about the usefulness of NATO and about support for Ukraine in its efforts to resist Russian invaders.

His victory was lauded by leaders in Europe and Ukraine as a success in promoting unity among democratic nations.

“We have a lot to do and the war in Ukraine reminds us that we are going through tough times where France must make its voice heard.”

With most of the votes counted, Macron was ahead by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.

Sports: Angels hang on; Dodgers romp

Bullpen problems continue to dog the Los Angeles Angels, but on Sunday a 6-0 first inning lead was enough to give the Halos a 7-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in Anaheim.

Jo Odell’s grand slam in the bottom of the first was the big hit in the Halos’ early lead, but the Birds tied the game with three runs in the third and three in the seventh. The game was finally decided in the bottom of the seventh when Shohei Ohtani scored from third in a bases-loaded situation when Taylor Ward walked.

The win puts the Angels at 9-7, worth second place in the American League West, a game back of the Seattle Mariners (10-6).

In San Diego on Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored early and often in sweeping the host Padres by winning 10-2. Freddie Freeman and Cody Bellinger each homered for the Blue Crew. Bellinger ended up 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four runs batted in.

Clayton Kershaw (now 3-0) matched that with a strong pitching performance. He worked five innings, giving up four hits, and one run. He struck out three batters and walked none.

The Dodgers (11-4) remain in first place in the National League West by a half-game over the San Francisco Giants (11-5).

  • Longtime Anaheim Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf concluded his 17-year career with an assist Sunday as the Ducks lost 6-3 to the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center. He concluded his career with 1,019 points.

Weather: Hot and then cool

Hang on to your sun hat and your sweater, for the weather in the West Orange County area is going to take you for a bit of wild ride. The forecast for Monday is for sunny skies and a warm daytime high of 88, with an overnight low of 52. But on Tuesday the high will drop to 79 (56) with some clouds. The sun will return on Wednesday, but the daytime high will skid to 73 and then 69 on Thursday.

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