World leaders congratulate Emmanuel Macron on electoral victory

Last Updated: Mon, May 08, 2017 12:50 hrs
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron speaks to journalists as he visits a store at a shopping centre for the launching of the summer sales in Paris

Paris: World leaders and other political heavyweights have sent congratulatory messages to France’s president-elect, Emmanuel Macron on his victory over Marine Le Pen.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Emmanuel Macron for his 'emphatic victory' in the French Presidential election, adding that he looks forward to working with the President-elect.

Theresa May was among the first of the world leaders to rush to congratulate Emmanuel Macron for his convincing victory, as EU capitals expressed relief that France had proven not to be the next domino to fall after Britain’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as US president.

US President Donald Trump also congratulated the French President-elect. "Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!" Trump tweeted.

“Your victory is a victory for a strong and united Europe and for French-German friendship," German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said in statement.

Macron spoke with Merkel after his victory was announced, telling her that he would travel to Berlin “very quickly."

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said "the victory of President-elect Macron is a symbolic victory against inward-looking and protectionist moves and shows a vote of confidence in the EU."

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his message to Macron that China is willing to push partnership with France to a higher level. Xi said their countries share a "responsibility toward peace and development in the world."

Xi recalled that France was the first Western power to establish diplomatic relations with communist-ruled China in 1964.

Pro European centrist leader Emmanuel Macron was elected as President of France last night.

The 39-year old former investment banker, who has never held elected office, became the youngest President and occupant of the Élysee Palace.