France's Hollande congratulates Macron on reaching presidential runoff

AFP , Sunday 23 Apr 2017

Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande, center, shakes hands with supporters while visiting pooling stations in Tulle, central France, after voting in the first round of the French presidential election, Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Photo: AP)

French President Francois Hollande congratulated pro-EU candidate Emmanuel Macron on Sunday after projected results showed him reaching the second round of the presidential election.

Hollande's office said he had called Macron "to congratulate him" on reaching the runoff in which he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen, according to projections, but did not explicitly endorse Macron at this point.

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