Lunes, 21 May, 2018

Trump congratulates Macron on winning French presidential election

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Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 00:59

EU Council President Donald Tusk also offered his congratulations, saying the French had chosen "liberty, equality and fraternity" and "said no to the tyranny of fake news".

"He has been reporting on the French election from the start and has had direct access to Macron and many on his team, making him perfectly positioned to get to the bottom of who Macron is, and what he might plausibly achieve as president of France". He'll be replaced by Catherine Barbaron.

His En Marche movement - "neither of the left, nor right" - has vowed to field candidates in all 577 constituencies, with half of them women and half of them newcomers to politics.

If Macron's party performs poorly, he could also be forced to form a coalition government, a common occurrence in many European countries but something very unusual in France. Announcing the changes, the movement's secretary general, Richard Ferrand, said the organization will be "a new political force" on the landscape redrawn by Macron's victory.

It was the first time the men had appeared in public together since Macron resigned in August 2016 as Hollande's economy minister to run for president - a decision that was received coldly by the French leader at the time.

Le Pen, 48, had portrayed the ballot as a contest between Macron and the "globalists" - in favour of open trade, immigration and shared sovereignty - and her "patriotic" vision of strong borders and national identities.

"The growing threat of terrorism and militant extremism is accompanied by an escalation in local conflicts and the destabilization of entire regions". "Against this backdrop, overcoming mutual distrust and joining efforts to ensure worldwide stability and security is especially important".

Macron, a former economy minister, has proposed an ambitious domestic reform agenda.

His right-wing rival Marine Le Pen secured only 33.9 percent of the votes.

Western leaders largely hailed the result after the shock of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump in the United States.

Earlier, Le Pen told supporters she had called to congratulate Macron after exit estimates projected her heavy defeat.

On the eve of the election Macron stated in a French television interview that he backs a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that unilaterally recognizing Palestine would cause instability and would harm France's relations with Israel.

"I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that are undermining us", he said.