Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Trump congratulates Macron on winning French presidential election

Trump congratulates Macron on winning French presidential election

"The resistance of the right is the main danger for Macron", said Braud. In fact, many voters said Sunday they are not bothered by Le Pen's anti-Muslim language or xenophobic inclinations, but rather that they are simply exhausted of the system and believe she is the right person to save France from its ongoing decline.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent France's President-elect Emmanuel Macron a telegram to congratulate him on his election victory and told him Russia was ready for constructive work on bilateral and global issues, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Many left-wing supporters felt they could not support Macron because of his pro-business attitudes and policies.

The win for the 39-year-old, pro-Europe Mr Macron ended the dominance of France's mainstream parties, but the result was also a warning, with Ms Le Pen's National Front winning 35 per cent of the vote - nearly double what her father Jean-Marie secured in 2002, a result which rocked France at the time, triggering a "Republican front" to counter his rise.

The U.S. leader had not publicly endorsed either French candidate ahead of the election, but let it be known he generally favored the views of Marine Le Pen, Macron's rival. The rate of abstentions and blank votes in the second round has been the highest since 1969.

Shortly after the close of polling and the release of the exit polls that predicted a heavy win for Mr Macron, the centrist declared: "A new page in France's long history has turned tonight".

Also commenting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said: "Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "the decision of the French voters is also clearly a vote for Europe". That means many of them may be burdened by the handicap of being largely unknown to voters in constituencies they compete for.

He added that his primary task over the coming five years was to "calm people's fears, restore France's confidence, and gather all its people together to face the enormous challenges that face us in the future".

"I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that separate us". Trump tweeted on Sunday that he looks forward to working with Macron.

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron is laying the groundwork for his transition to power, with plans for a visit to Germany, a name change for his political movement and an appearance Monday with the man whose job he assumes.

Macron, who had never run for office before, celebrated with thousands of jubilant, flag-waving supporters outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday night.

"The task that awaits us, my fellow citizens, is enormous and starts tomorrow".

"Macron's victory writes an extraordinary page of hope for France and for Europe", said Renzi, who had expressed support for Macron throughout the campaign.

As he mentioned the name of defeated far-right opponent Marine Le Pen, boos were heard from the crowd.

The president-elect's camp had been critical of Moscow in the run-up to Sunday's vote. I will protect you against threats, against lies, in order to improve each and everyone's lives.

The final hours of campaigning on Friday night saw a huge leak of emails and documents from the Mr. Macron campaign, which denounced a "massive and coordinated" hacking attack. "Vive La France, Vive la République!" he declared.

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