‘Liberal Democracy in Action’: World Leaders Congratulate Macron on French Election Victory | France

World leaders congratulated centrist French President Emmanuel Macron on his re-election and the defeat of far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s election.

Macron’s victory sparked relief among allies that nuclear power will not abruptly change course amid the war in Ukraine amid European Union and NATO efforts to punish and contain the military expansionism of the Russia.

The 44-year-old centrist’s second five-year term has spared France and Europe the seismic upheaval of having populist Le Pen at the helm.

However, Le Pen recorded his highest vote yet, and following the results Macron pledged to reunite the country which is “filled with so many doubts, so many divisions”.

Here are some of the main reactions:

United States

“France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges,” the US president said. Joe Biden tweeted. “I look forward to our continued close cooperation, including in supporting Ukraine, defending democracy and fighting climate change.”

Secretary of State Antoine Blinken also congratulated Macron. “We look forward to continuing close cooperation with France on global challenges, strengthening our long-standing alliance and friendship.”

Britain

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called France “one of our closest and most important allies”. Johnson, in a tweet, said he looked forward “to continuing to work together on the issues that matter most to our two countries and to the world.”

French people gather on the Champ-de-Mars in the 7th arrondissement of Paris to celebrate Macron’s victory Photography: Isa Harsin/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

Australia

australian prime minister Scott Morrison said Macron’s victory was a “great expression of liberal democracy in action in uncertain times… We wish you and France much success, especially your leadership in Europe and as a Australia’s important partner in the Indo-Pacific,” he tweeted.

Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “looking forward to continuing our work together on the issues that matter most to Canadians and French people – from defending democracy to fighting climate change, to creating good jobs and economic growth for the middle class”.

European Union

“We can count on France for another five years” Charles Michelpresident of the European Council, wrote on Twitter.

“I am delighted to be able to continue our excellent cooperation”, tweeted the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

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Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskywho has spoken with Macron several times since the invasion of Russia on February 24, praised his French counterpart by telephone.

On Twitter, Zelenskiy called Macron “a true friend of Ukraine”. “I wish him more success for the good of the [French] people. I appreciate his support and I am convinced that we are moving together towards new common victories,” Zelenskiy wrote in Ukrainian and French.

Russia

President Vladimir Poutine sent a congratulatory message to Macron, Russian news agencies reported Monday citing the Kremlin.

Germany

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said French voters “sent a strong vote of confidence to Europe today. I am glad that we will continue our good cooperation.

Italy

Prime Minister Mario Draghi called Macron’s victory “good news for all of Europe”.

Spain

“The citizens have chosen a France committed to a free, strong and fair EU. Democracy wins. Europe wins, ”tweeted the Socialist Prime Minister, pedro sanchez. “Congratulations Emmanuel Macron.”

Belgium

Prime Minister Alexandre DeCroo said French voters had made a “strong choice”, opting for “values ​​of certainty and enlightenment”.

UN bodies

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Philip Grandi sent his “warm congratulations” and said his organization would continue to count on Macron’s support on the European and global stage “as humanitarian challenges and refugee crises become more serious and complex every day”.

Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he looked forward to “continuing the important partnership” with France “for a healthier, safer and fairer world”.

Ireland

Prime Minister Michael Martin praised Macron’s “motivated and dynamic leadership” as “important not only for France, but for Europe”.

Swiss

President Ignace Cassis said he looked forward to “continuing our good collaboration”, stressing the close ties between the two neighboring countries.

Sweden

Prime Minister Madeleine Anderson sent him his “warmest congratulations”.

“Let’s continue our close cooperation – bilaterally and for a competitive, green and resilient European Union,” she tweeted.

Norway

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store declared that France had chosen “liberal democracy rather than the extreme right”.

Gabon

President Ali Bongo Ondimba of the former French colony of Gabon hailed the “brilliant re-election” of Macron.

“More than a common past, our two countries have a future to build,” he said in comments online.