Rouhani Congratulates Macron, Says Iran Eager for Closer France Ties

20 May, 2017, 06:42 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris after his election victory that has been cheered by investorsMore

While Trump has vowed to put "America first" and curtail immigration and free trade, and Britain has turned its back on the European Union, the liberal Macron has pledged economic reforms for a France at the heart of the European project.

PARIS French President-elect Emmanuel Macron laid the groundwork Monday for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his predecessor at a solemn World War II commemoration.

A large archive of emails purportedly from Macron's campaign was leaked on Friday, two days before the election.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, welcomed the French choosing "a future in Europe".

"I look very much forward to working with him", Trump tweeted.

"The citizens of France entrusted you to lead the country in a hard period for Europe and for the entire world community. The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism goes hand in hand with the escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of entire regions", Putin's message reads.

If Macron's presidency were to follow a similar pathway to his two predecessors, the public mood could turn against him rapidly. "In these circumstances, it is especially important to overcome mutual distrust and unite efforts to ensure worldwide stability and security", he said.

Manuel Valls, a former French Socialist prime minister, said on Tuesday that he wished to support president-elect Emmanuel Macron's political movement in the June elections in the lower house of parliament.

An image of the En Marche! leader at the 62-year-old's feet - said to have been photoshopped - was circulated widely on Twitter, with many users making facetious remarks about the closeness in age between Merkel and Macron's wife Brigitte, 64.

Consequently, the new president's decision to call the German chancellor so soon after the result of the election drew scorn from social media.

French far-right presidential candidate Marine le Pen delivers a speech, Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Paris.

Joseph Downing, researcher at France's National Centre for Scientific Research, said that "when Macron declared he was going to run as a pro-globalisation, pro-EU candidate. people thought he was insane, and he has won".

In Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the far-right Freedom Party, said Le Pen deserves "respect..."

The French president is elected to a five-year term.

The move was reportedly considered during the election campaign, but not acted upon. Mr. Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics, as he was before his victory on Sunday.

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