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Macron says ‘Merci’ to voters for five more years

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French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates with supporters in front of the Eiffel Tower  Paris, France on Sunday.
French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates with supporters in front of the Eiffel Tower Paris, France on Sunday.

FRANCE: French President Emmanuel Macron said a simple “Thank you!” (‘Merci’) after winning reelection, and praised the majority who gave him five more years at the helm of France.

Macron also thanked people who voted for him not because they embrace his ideas but because they wanted to reject far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

“I’m not the candidate of one camp anymore, but the president of all of us,” he said.

Macron comfortably won reelection to a second term Sunday, according to polling agencies’ projections.

He arrived on the plaza where his supporters gathered, beneath the Eiffel Tower, to the sound of the “Ode to Joy,” the European Union’s anthem, hand in hand with his wife, Brigitte.

Meanwhile, Western leaders rushed to congratulate France’s centrist President Emmanuel Macron on his re-election and defeat of far-right leader Marine Le Pen in elections Sunday.

UNITED STATES: US President Joe Biden congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron on his re-election Sunday, calling France a “key partner in addressing global challenges.”

EUROPEAN UNION: “We can count on France for five more years,” European Council President Charles Michel wrote on Twitter.

GERMANY: Chancellor Olaf Scholz said French voters “have sent a strong vote of confidence in Europe today. I am happy that we will continue our good cooperation”.

BRITAIN: British 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 which matter most to our two countries and to the world”.

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

ITALY: Prime Minister Mario Draghi described Macron’s victory as “great 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 socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. “Congratulations Emmanuel Macron.”

BELGIUM: Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said French voters had made a “strong choice”, opting for “certainty and Enlightenment values”.

WHO,UNHCR: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi sent his “warm congratulations” and said his organisation would continue to count on Macron’s support on the European and World stage “as humanitarian challenges and refugee crises become more serious and complex every day”.

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

IRELAND: Prime Minister Micheal Martin hailed Macron’s “principled and dynamic leadership” as “important not only for France, but for Europe”.

SWITZERLAND: President Ignazio Cassis said he looked forward to “continuing our good collaboration,” stressing the close ties between the two neighbouring countries.

SWEDEN: Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson sent her “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 said France had chosen “liberal democracy over the far-right”.

GABON: President Ali Bongo Ondimba of former French colony Gabon hailed Macron’s “brilliant re-election”.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022 – 01:00

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