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France’s poll: World leaders congratulate Macron over re-election

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LEADERS across the globe are congratulating French President, Emmanuel Macron, over his re-election for a second term after defeating far-right challenger Marine Le Pen with a solid margin, yesterday night.

  A tweet by United States President, Joe Biden, hailed Macron’s victory saying “France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges. I look forward to our continued close cooperation – including on supporting Ukraine, defending democracy, and countering climate change,” while British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, applauded the result, pledging cooperation with Macron and saying: “France is one of our closest and most important allies.”

  European Council President, Charles Michel as well as the prime ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg has also congratulated Macron, followed by almost all of the bloc’s 27 leaders. “Bravo Emmanuel! In this turbulent period, we need a solid Europe and a France totally committed to a more sovereign and more strategic European Union”, Michel tweeted.

  Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, said Macron’s re-election was “wonderful news for all of Europe”, while German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, said French voters “have sent a strong vote of confidence in Europe today.”

  Also in a curious twist, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, sent Macron a message of congratulations, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin, saying “I sincerely wish you success in governance, firm health and well-being.”

  Similarly, China’s President, Xi Jinping, congratulated his French counterpart, saying he would “like to continue working with President Macron to maintain diplomatic relations based on independence, mutual understanding, foresight and mutual benefit,” as Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, tweeted his congratulations to Macron.

  It will be recalled that Macron won with 58.54 per cent of the votes, though well below his 66.1 per cent victory against Le Pen in their first duel in 2017, and very far from the 82 per cent conservative Jacques Chirac won with in 2002, when most of France rallied behind him when the far-right first made it to the second round of France’s presidential election.

  “Many in this country voted for me not because they support my ideas, but to keep out those of the far-right. I want to thank them and know I owe them a debt in the years to come. We will have to be benevolent and respectful because our country is riddled with so many doubts, so many divisions,” Macron said in a late-night victory speech.

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