Trump congratulates Macron on winning French presidential election
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 6:45
"I know the anger, the anxiety and the doubts that a large number of you have expressed", Mr. Macron told thousands of cheering and flag-waving supporters at a victory party in the courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris.
Emmanuel Macron was confronted on Monday with pressing reminders of the challenges facing him as France's next president, even as allies and some former rivals signaled their willingness to work closely with him.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters in Washington on May 8 that Trump called Macron earlier in the day to congratulate the French president-elect.
The two leaders agreed to meet with each other during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit meeting on May 25 in Brussels, Belgium.
On Sunday, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader of a dynasty of political mavericks who thought she would easily defeat her dream enemy.
World leaders congratulated Macron, including Putin, who suggested France and Russian Federation must work together to fight against global terrorism - to which both countries have been recent victims.
Elsewhere in Paris, more than 1,500 people, led by the powerful CGT labor federation, marched in protest against Macron's planned liberalization of labor laws.
"The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilisation of entire regions", said Mr Putin.
Trump declined to explicitly endorse a candidate in the French election, as USA presidents typically refrain from doing so, but said in an April interview with the Associated Press that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen was "the strongest on borders".
"In these conditions it is especially important to overcome mutual mistrust and unite efforts to ensure worldwide stability and security". In January, Macron announced En Marche! would try to field candidates in all 577 constituencies in the legislative ballots on June 11 and 18, but the prospects of the movement securing a working majority (even potentially in an alliance with key blocs of lawmakers from one or more other parties) are uncertain.
Despite the joy and sense of relief many felt in France when the outcome became clear Sunday night, the picture is not all rosy.
Despite her defeat in the presidential election, Marine Le Pen has indicated that she will be campaigning again in next month's parliamentary vote. Macron has promised that half of those candidates will be new to elected politics, as he was before his victory Sunday. "Obviously the government elected after June 8th will be sitting down and talking to Monsieur Macron and others about how that system we have works for the benefit of France as well as the benefit of the United Kingdom", she said. "I will do everything in the next five years so that they have no more reason to vote for extremes", he said.
"This is a victory for the French people and for European cooperation".