Macron vows 'essential cooperation' with Germany after Merkel wins fourth term

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to attend a Franco-German joint cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on July 13, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (Sept 25) congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her election win, promising that the two key European partners would keep up their "essential cooperation".

"I called Angela Merkel to congratulate her. We will continue our essential cooperation with determination for Europe and for our countries," Macron said on Twitter.

Merkel won her fourth term in office on Sunday, scoring around 33 per cent of the vote with her Christian Union bloc, short of an outright majority.

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