European leaders quick to congratulate Macron

AP , Sunday 24 Apr 2022

Several European leaders and politicians have swiftly congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron for his reelection, as his far-right rival Marine Le Pen conceded defeat in Sunday's presidential election.

President of the European Council Charles Michel, left, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrive for a press conference after the EU summit at the Chateau de Versailles, Friday, March 11, 2022 in Versailles, west of Paris. AAP


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted in French, ``together we will make France and Europe advance.''

The Dutch prime minister also tweeted in French his hope to ``continue our extensive and constructive cooperation in EU and NATO.''

In Germany, politicians around the political spectrum offered support, including from the pro-business Free Democrats, the environmentalist Greens and conservative Christian Social Union.

Many in Europe had worried Le Pen would undermine European unity and its post-war order.

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