Europe’s stability was at the heart of many congratulatory messages sent to President Macron after his re-election.
European Union leaders were quick to congratulate French President Emmanuel Macron on election victory overcame far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
Although polls predict Macron will win the second round of the French presidential election on Sunday, the experience of Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election to the United States next year. 2016 has some people concerned about the possibility of an election.
A win for Le Pen, a politician with deep European leanings who has expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, will mean a lot, analysts and diplomats say. important to the stability of the EU.
Le Pen has long flirted with the idea of leaving the EU, although throughout the campaign she insisted that this time she had no “secret agenda” about leaving the bloc or the single currency. euro.
Europe’s stability was at the heart of many congratulatory messages sent to Macron.
“Bravo Emmanuel,” European Council President Charles Michel wrote in a tweet.
“In these tumultuous times, we need a solid Europe and a France fully committed to a more sovereign and strategic European Union,” wrote Michel.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Macron’s re-election was “great news for the whole of Europe”.
German Finance Minister Christian Lindner also said Europe was the biggest beneficiary of Macron’s victory.
The leaders of Sweden, Romania, Lithuania, Finland, the Netherlands and Greece, as well as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, all responded within half an hour of the results with congratulations. .
“I look forward to continuing extensive and constructive cooperation within the EU and NATO, as well as further strengthening the excellent relationship between our countries,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted his congratulations to Macron.
On Thursday, Mr. Sanchez wrote a joint opinion piece in the French daily Le Monde, with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, criticizing Le Pen and urging people to vote for Macron.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the face of Brexit for many Europeans, welcomed the outcome, pledging to work with Macron and saying: “France is one of our closest and most important allies. ours”.
Not everyone shares in the celebration.
Riot police attacked and sprayed tear gas at protesters in central Paris protesting against Macron’s re-election, social media footage showed.
According to Reuters news agency, a crowd of mostly young people gathered in the central Chatelet neighborhood to protest Macron’s victory.