European stability was the main focus of most of the congratulatory messages despatched to President Macron after his re-election.
European Union leaders shortly congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron on his election victory over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
Although polls predicted Macron profitable Sunday’s second spherical of the French presidential election, the expertise of Britain’s shock vote to depart the European Union and the election of Donald Trump in the US in 2016 had some involved about the potential for an election upset.
A victory for Le Pen, a deeply eurosceptic politician who has professed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, would have had big implications for the steadiness of the EU, analysts and diplomats mentioned.
Le Pen had lengthy flirted with the concept of leaving the EU, though she insisted throughout her marketing campaign that she had no “secret agenda” this time for quitting the bloc or the euro single forex.
European stability was the main focus of most of the congratulatory messages despatched to Macron.
“Bravo Emmanuel”, European Council President Charles Michel wrote in a tweet.
“On this turbulent interval, we’d like a stable Europe and a France completely dedicated to a extra sovereign and extra strategic European Union,” Michel wrote.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi mentioned Macron’s re-election was “fantastic information for all of Europe”.
German Finance Minister Christian Lindner additionally mentioned Europe was the most important winner from Macron’s victory.
The leaders of Sweden, Romania, Lithuania, Finland, the Netherlands and Greece, in addition to European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, all reacted inside half an hour of the end result with their congratulations.
“I sit up for persevering with our in depth and constructive cooperation throughout the EU and NATO, and to additional strengthening the superb relationship between our nations,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte mentioned.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted his congratulations to Macron.
Sanchez on Thursday wrote a joint opinion piece in French day by day newspaper Le Monde, with Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, criticising Le Pen and urging folks to vote for Macron.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the general public face of Brexit for a lot of Europeans, applauded the end result, pledging cooperation with Macron and saying: “France is one in all our closest and most essential allies”.
Not everybody shared within the celebrations.
Riot police charged and sprayed tear gasoline on demonstrators in central Paris protesting Macron’s re-election, footage from social media confirmed.
The gang of principally younger folks had gathered within the central neighbourhood of Chatelet to protest Macron’s victory, in keeping with Reuters information company.