Iran's Rouhani congratulates France Macron on presidential victory

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

On Sunday, May 7th, Emmanuel Macron of the "En Marche!" party was elected president of France.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump had spoken with Macron.

Leaders of French Jewry expressed relief at the defeat of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the presidential election but concern that she received more than a third of the vote. Sunday's election also boasted an abstention rate over 25 percent, the news service added, seemingly indicating high dissatisfaction with the candidates.

Many voters who had supported other candidates in the election's first round reluctantly cast runoff ballots for Macron only to prevent Le Pen from entering the Elysee Palace.

"The Singapore-France Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership in 2012 underscores our close cooperation across many areas including defence and security, trade and investment, research and development, and culture and education".

Macron's victory appears to have steadied the European ship.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker put it bluntly: "With France, we have a particular problem".

Trump did not endorse any candidate in the election, though many believed he supported Le Pen after comments he made in April in apparent praise of the far-right candidate's tough stance on immigration.

Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France".

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Macron that Russia was ready for constructive work on bilateral and global issues, the Kremlin said on May 8.

Despite her defeat in the presidential election, Marine Le Pen has indicated that she will be campaigning again in next month's parliamentary vote. "(But the media says I can't talk about that)" Mrs Clinton added in an apparent reference to several attempts to derail Mr Macron's campaign by hacking its communications and distributing purportedly leaked documents.

Le Pen, 48, defiantly claimed the mantle of France's main opposition in calling on "all patriots" to constitute a "new political force".

Macron is seen as a centrist who aims to continue the policies of outgoing President Francois Hollande by deregulating the economy and deepening integration with the European Union.

Erdoğan said that the results of the French presidential election have heightened hopes for the future of the EU.

Other reports by VgToday

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