PM Calls Up French President-Elect to Congratulate Him

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 19, 2017

We congratulate Macron on his victory for it signifies a win over an onslaught on liberal, progressive and secular values for which France has stood for and which has set the basic standards of a democratic world.

The centrist candidate, 39, defeated the far right's Marine Le Pen, winning 66.1 per cent of the vote to her 33.9 per cent.

The European Union, for its part, has been witnessing severe divisions and a major identity crisis, which was mainly incited by the exit of Britain.

"The leaders briefly discussed Brexit and the Prime Minister reiterated that the United Kingdom wants a strong partnership with a secure and prosperous European Union once we leave", a Downing Street spokesperson said.

"We have been designated the leading opposition force in this second round, that shows a re-composition of political life", she said.

"Happy that the French chose a European future". If France could be called united, it is more united against Le Pen than for Macron.

The Prime Minister, who also sent a telegram of congratulations to Macron, stressed that Europe will need stability and constructive cooperation following Brexit, with France's role in this situation being irreplaceable.

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron laid the groundwork yesterday for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his predecessor at a solemn World War II commemoration. What's more, there are few signs yet that the first-round Fillon/Mélenchon/Hamon voters who together made up about half of second-round Macron voters will decisively support his En Marche! party going into the legislative elections next month, with polls putting the party only a few percentage points ahead going into the first round.

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