Monday, 23 October, 2017

Trump Praises Macron for His 'Big Win' in France's Election

Hillary Clinton hails Macron victory takes aim at media Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 03:20

Hillary Clinton has tweeted her support for Emmanuel Macron winning the French presidential elections, whilst taking an apparent dig at the media.

In a statement, White House Press secretary Sean Spicer said: "We congratulate President-elect Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election".

Similar cables of congratulations were sent by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense.

The 39-year-old centrist's victory over far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen in Sunday's election came as a huge relief to European Union allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote last year to leave the EU and Donald Trump's election as US president. Investors took profit on a roughly 3 percent gain for the currency since he won the first round two on April 23.

He also said the names of Macron's 577 candidates in the legislative elections would be announced this Thursday.

Reuters reported that more than 11 percent of voters chose neither Macron nor Le Pen.

He expressed hope that the two countries would further strengthen relations in line with common interests after Macron's victory and based on grounds prepared during recent years.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker put it bluntly: "With France, we have a particular problem".

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Macron that Russia was ready for constructive work on bilateral and global issues, the Kremlin said on May 8. "The growth in threats of terrorism and militant extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of whole regions", Putin said in a congratulatory telegram released by the Kremlin. Add in the record number of abstentions and spoiled votes in the election, the low turnout and the defeat of traditional parties, and there's a clear sense of alienation within French society.

On May 5, Macron's campaign said it had been the victim of a "massive" computer hack that dumped its campaign emails.It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the hack.

Marine Le Pen had vowed to scrap same-sex marriage if elected, although she remained strongly pro-abortion.

French ex-Premier Manuel Valls suggested Tuesday that he wants to abandon France's Socialist party and run in June parliamentary elections under the banner of the president-elect's centrist political movement. This former economy minister, who never stood in any kind of elections before, has promised in his electoral program to maintain France in the European Union arguing that moving out of the European block will cause huge losses of jobs.

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

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